The Inspired Teacher, The Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Strategies to Engage and Motivate Students, Build a Supportive Learning Environment, and Enhance Social-Emotional and Academic Success

Course Number: EDU 5515 C21
Instructor: Jennifer Stanchfield, M.S.
Location: The Vermont Learning Collaborative (VLC), 471 US Route 5, Dummerston, Vermont
Dates and Times: August 1-4, 2017; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, one follow up session
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $1,125 for VLC members, $1,225 for nonmembers

Note: Please register directly with the Vermont Learning Collaborative. Make tuition payments payable to the Vermont Learning Collaborative (VLC). Please notify VLC that you wish to take the course for credit and VLC will give you the link to Castleton's online registration.

Course Description

Join in this engaging and interactive course and learn practical ways to motivate students, inspire a sense of discovery, and create a positive, collaborative and supportive learning community. We will explore a variety of brain-based approaches that involve students emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. These methods will help you facilitate meaningful dialogue and reflection in the classroom and maximize social-emotional and academic learning outcomes to cultivate 21st Century Learners. Get your students, moving, talking, reflecting and review and reinforce academic content in novel and engaging ways.

This Course Explores:
 Experiential methods to engage learners emotionally, physically, intellectually and socially
 Strategies for creating a positive environment for learning, starting on day one and maintaining it throughout the school year
 New research from the field of educational neuroscience and its impact on learning, teaching and social-emotional skills development
 Practical tools and activities that develop a healthy atmosphere of respect and trust peer to peer and teacher to student
 Strategies for increasing student involvement, buy in, and ownership in learning experiences
 A variety of brain-based teaching approaches and interactive problem-solving activities that will help educators motivate students and promote critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration
 Experiential teaching approaches and interactive activities that will help “spice up” your academic lessons and help you differentiate instruction
 Experiential techniques to help students build positive peer relationships and practice social-emotional skills such as problem-solving, empathy, communication, and conflict-resolution skills
 Reflective tools and techniques to increase relevancy and meaning, depth of understanding and connection to future learning experiences

Leave with creative inspiration, new perspectives on experiential learning and differentiated instruction, and strategies to empower students of all ages and abilities to build and inspiring and supportive classroom and school community. Create lasting lessons and help students develop the important skills they will need to be productive citizens and life long learners.

Course Expectations

Course Prerequisite:
Open to all school professionals, appropriate for teachers of all grade levels. Come with an open mind and willingness to engage, learn, and share new teaching tools.

Outline of Content:
Each day will be a combination of theory and practice. This course is interactive; educators will leave with practical tools and ideas to add to their teaching repertoire as well as resources for future exploration of experiential, brain-based teaching methods. Participants will be involved in hands on activities, audio, and visual presentations, lecture, and discussion about relevant research, resources and theory in an interactive seminar style. Participants will create a course journal of experiential activities, teaching methods, notes and reactions to course material that will be a useful reference tool. The course will culminate with a differentiated lesson-planning project for use in participant’s own professional practice.

Topics Include:
• Experiential Education Philosophy and Methods
• New Information from the Emerging Field of Educational Neuroscience and How it Impacts Teaching and Learning
• Engaging Differentiated Instruction and Formative Assessment Approaches
• Methods to Promote Community Building and School-Wide Climate Change
• Integrating Social and Emotional Learning with Academic Content
• Brain-Based Teaching Strategies
• Strength Based Approaches to Teaching
• Reflective Practice to Create Lasting Lessons

Skills in this course are taught in an experiential style. They are reinforced with a variety of readings, training materials, practice opportunities, and structured reflection to enhance participants understanding and retention. The course will begin by giving the group the opportunity to experience a carefully sequenced program of experiential based classroom activities. The course content will be facilitated through active, hands on activities, presentations, group discussion and seminar.

Course Activities
• Participants will experience a variety of activities and strategies that they will be able to use in their own classroom. Participants will reflect on the application of these methods to their particular setting
• Experiential, brain-based activities to differentiate instruction
• Seminars and discussion on readings focused on differentiated instruction and experiential education
• Interactive group reflection activities
• Individual journal and lesson planning project
• Lesson Plan Project: Applying Experiential Brain-Based Techniques to Specific Content Area.

Please contact the Vermont Learning Collaborative for a complete syllabus or a list of required texts.

For additional course and registration information

Susan Leuchter
(802) 257-8600

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