The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) & Mid-Atlantic Farm-Based Educators and Fox Haven have teamed up to bring you Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner!
Environmental, Farm, Classroom, Home School, Recreation and Nature Center, Scout Group, State and National Park, and Volunteer educators will fill your toolboxes with brain-based techniques to inspire and motivate learners in a positive and supportive environment, and facilitate meaningful reflection and group dialogue. We will explore ways to design and sequence learning experiences to meet goals and help learners make connections between what you are teaching them and their own real life situations and future learning.
Strategies for increasing participant involvement, buy-in, and ownership of learning experiences
Experiential, brain-based teaching approaches to teach, review, and reinforce lessons in a dynamic and engaging way
Fundamentals of experiential group facilitation such as the importance of participant choice and control, sequencing, ongoing assessment, and meaningful reflection to create lasting lessons
Cultivating “Strong Beginnings” and “Meaningful Closings” to enhance engagement, dialogue, content delivery and meaningful reflection
Interactive activities to build community while enlivening academic lessons and differentiating instruction
Methods to take advantage of “teachable moments”
Ways to enliven the traditional sharing circle with active methods to facilitate reflection and dialogue that meet the diverse needs of learners
The role of the educator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences. About Jennifer Stanchfield, MS, Our Teacher: During 25 years in the experiential education field, Jen has worked as a recreational therapist in treatment centers, a teacher, challenge course facilitator and trainer, and in professional training, adult education and organizational team-building. Through these experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools, and methods that she brings to her engaging and informative workshops and training sessions. She is known internationally for helping experiential facilitators add to their repertoire of reflective tools and strategies. She has an undergraduate degree in therapeutic recreation and outdoor education from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jen is author of A Teachable Moment, Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and the new book Inspired Educator, The Inspired Learner.
9:00 – 4:00 in the Dairy Parlor
Fee: $125* for full day, includes snacks, lunch, materials
Certificates will be handed out at the end of the class
Register with JoAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our website by April 1, 2017. Click on the link for registering on the website and paying online: http://foxhavenfarm.org/eventclass-registration/
***Let us know if you need to pay in installments or need a scholarship to attend.
Spring’s SecretsSpring is the time of year when we go searching for the early mushrooms – specifically, Morels! These delicious yet fickle mushrooms are highly responsive to temperature and moisture, which means they may be out in force or they may be few and far between. Such is the lay of the foragers land. We will also have our eyes out for other spring mushrooms, including Pheasants Back, Wood Ears, Spring Oysters, and other fungal standbys, as well as any spring greens we come across.
We will go over the beginning basics of wild mushroom identification to start, but will spend most of our time out in the field looking for mushrooms.