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Playful Learning

You've heard that play is the brains favorite way of learning. So why isn't play incorporated in more learning experiences?

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Why Playful Learning?

Started by Brian C. Smith. Last reply by Brian C. Smith Oct 20, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by Dorothy Hastings on January 21, 2013 at 7:33am

I believe playful learning engages and motivates children in a most appropriate way by letting them enjoy in a playful environment.  It enhances social developmental outcomes and life-long learning for the kids and hence prepares them for global workplace of tomorrow. 

Comment by Jennifer Bander on June 21, 2011 at 8:56pm
I think a major part of playful learning is allowing students to experiment and try things out without reprimanding and trying to correct mistakes. By getting involved with students, as teachers we can find out what the student is thinking and doing while guiding them at the same time. I think playful learning is especially useful for teaching boys. Granted, I believe it can benefit all students, but I think it could really help boys! I've seen boys fall by the wayside and expected to behave like girls in a classroom setting. I've also seen boys thrive by using their hands and playing, manipulating, and experimenting without fear of failure! Just some ideas I had.
Comment by Barb Holden on April 22, 2011 at 1:29am

Playful learning - this topic is really exciting.  Alberta, I am hearing, is focused on bringing the 'play' back to early learning.  I am interested in seeing playful learning implemented throughout the grades. 

As an adult, play is my own preferred method of learning.  It's so engaging to be able to follow your own interests and spend as much time, or as little, on an idea. . .  I recently learned to Twitter by watching other people and playing with it on my own.  That's the best way to learn! 

"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand." ~ Ancient Chinese

Comment by Jennifer Krill on December 26, 2010 at 10:34pm
Play encourages trail and error and is a safe environment for cause and effect.  Chances are when you are learning something new you will seek out opportunities to "play" with the new information, new skill, new concept in some way or another.  One of my educational core beliefs is that everyone learns through play.  I am happy to see this group for discussing and reinforcing the ideology.
Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on June 23, 2010 at 2:48am
It's an excellent project, Brian. You deserve to win!
Comment by Brian C. Smith on June 22, 2010 at 4:22pm
Love to have your vote on this grant project... The IDEA Room -
Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on June 11, 2010 at 9:13pm
Brian, you make an excellent point about we adults learning through play too. I was observing myself the other day as I played with Comic Life (Mac or Windows). Over time, by fiddling with this and that, and just having fun, I have finally learnt to use the program without using help/tutorials/sensible stuff. There may well be holes in my learning but it has been totally painless and I've been motivated rather than disciplined to do it.

That's why I love teaching through games and play where possible.
Comment by Brian C. Smith on June 11, 2010 at 8:36pm
Susan, you're post was excellent. Thanks for sharing it here. I've got to get in here more... I truly interested in exploring play for learning through the ages. So much of my own "adult" learning is through playing with concepts, ideas and tinkering with things. Especially when it comes to handy work around the house. :)
Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on June 10, 2010 at 9:54pm
I had a little rant on my blog about encouraging kids to learn to play with tools safely rather than banning them: Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones.
Comment by Susan Gaboriau on March 31, 2010 at 5:53am
You need to read David Elkind's books, he talks about play in schools.

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