At iOi and IM, we’re big advocates of expanding the scope and remit of learning and play. It’s easy to fall into the routine of seeing the two as distinct; a separation we often carry into adulthood. Here are some practical tips from EdSurge for increasing engagement by bringing the playground into the classroom and vice versa.
Every educator knows that children, especially those 4 to 7, learn a great deal through play. Harnessing that power for classroom learning can be tricky, though.
Teachers may, for example, hesitate to let go of control and allow students to follow their own learning paths; they may worry that the learning that takes place during play will be difficult to assess. And they must respond to growing institutional pressure to meet standards. But it is possible. Here are some suggestions for how to incorporate play in the classroom.