EXPERIENTIAL TOOLS TO INSPIRE, ENGAGE, CONNECT, AND REFLECT
Jen's engaging reflection, group facilitation, and teaching tools are used by educators, coaches, therapists, trainers, and facilitators worldwide. Her inspiring workshops, publications, and experiential tools stem from her three decades of diverse experiences as an experiential educator, teacher, mental health clinician and in organizational training, teambuilding and adult and youth group development. She adeptly incorporates the art of teaching, tangible tools, and techniques with neuroscience and pedagogical research. She earned her M.S in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University and continues to pursue the latest educational neuroscience research. Jen is the author of Tips and Tools for The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons. Jen intentionally designs her tools based on usability, quality, and aesthetic appeal and "field tests" them in her own work as a facilitator. Visit her blog at experientialtools.com for facilitation and teaching tips, tools, articles, and ideas for using decks.
METAPHORIC REFLECTION CARDS TO INSPIRE MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT, CONVERSATION, GROUP FACILITATION, COACHING, TEACHING AND GOAL SETTING
Transcend the traditional sharing circle and reflection conversation with the power of metaphoric imagery. People often find it easier to express themselves through a picture or symbol rather than through verbal means. Because participants can talk about the object or image rather than about themselves directly, they express thoughts that would otherwise be left unsaid. The thoughts, ideas and connections inspired by the imagery lead to broader and deeper reflection sessions because metaphors and symbols stimulate multiple areas of the brain and involve all senses. This approach can be especially helpful for more introverted or reluctant group members.
This tool is useful for both individual and collaborative reflection and is used in restorative circles and appreciations, group norms conversations, and goal setting.
• Facilitate strong beginnings and optimistic endings to group work or coaching sessions.
• Inspire meaningful engagement, reflection and dialogue that goes beyond traditional verbal techniques.
• Spark creative writing, exploration of personal or group strengths or goals.
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This assortment of buttons depicting a variety of images and slogans are perfect for personal reflection or for getting a group interacting. They make for great ice-breaking conversations at the start of a program, for exploring roles and perspectives during a group experience, or as a unique processing tool.
INSPIRING QUOTATION CARDS TO SPARK CREATIVITY, CONVERSATION & REFLECTION
40 quote cards with a brief biography of each quote’s author. It includes quotes about teaching, leadership, and learning, plus suggestions for use.
The Quotables are an engaging tool for individual reflection, team building, education, training, coaching, counseling, and personal enrichment programs. Quotables stimulate personal reflection, initiate conversation, spark creative thought, help group members build connections, find common ground, or understand different perspectives.
Use Quotables to facilitate strong beginnings or optimistic endings, create a context for upcoming learning experiences, or celebrate, reflect, and carry learning forward at the end of experiences.
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