Inspired Educator Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons


ISBN: 978-1-939019-13-4
SIZE: 7.75 x 9.25


A successful and rewarding approach to teaching and learning can be created by connecting the dots between experiential education theory and methods, brain-based research, differentiation or personalized instruction, social-emotional learning, 21st century career readiness, and a strength-based attitude toward teaching.

Inspired Educator Inspired Learner explores experiential, brain-based techniques for engaging learners emotionally, physically and intellectually in academic or training content while practicing important social-emotional skills and building a positive, productive, and supportive learning community. Educators will find creative strategies to differentiate instruction and cultivate 21st century learning—strategies that will get participants moving, talking, reflecting and keep them engaged with multiple pathways to learning, reviewing, and synthesizing lessons. The innovative reflective techniques offered throughout increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and create connections between educational experiences and real life.




Table of Contents

Connecting the Dots
About This Book
A Map of the Book

Chapter One: It’s an Exciting Time to Be an Educator
Evidence-Informed Practices That Inspire Educators and Engage Learners
Enduring Themes and Supporting Science
What is Experiential Education?
What is Brain-Based Learning?
Neuroplasticity: We Can Change Our Brains!
Create Multiple Pathways to Learning
Emotions are Integral to Learning
Joyful Learning
Get Their Attention and Keep It
Get Them Moving: Physical Activity Improves Learning
Get Them Talking and Keep Them Engaged
Play and Executive Function
Reflection Creates Meaningful Connections and Lasting Lessons
Table 1.1 Principles of Experiential Education and Brain-Based Learning Tenets
Activity List for Brain-Based Approaches to Learning

Chapter Two: Innovative Approaches to Teaching
A Framework for Participant-Centered Learning
Experiential Education Connects the Dots Between...
Differentiated Instruction: Don’t Dismiss It
Learning for Real Life: 21st Century Skills Development
Social-Emotional Learning
Strength-Based Teaching: The Power of a Positive Mindset
Example Activity List for Innovative Educational Models

Chapter Three: The Power of Play and Collaborative Learning