Effective Teaching & Learning in a Play-Based School Environment
Sarah Aiono & Linda Cheer
What is Play?
Primarily, play is:
self-chosen and self-directed;
Children need to have the opportunity to quit.
Children need to problem solve themselves. (It grows intrinsic motivation.) process rather than product driven;its about the means rather than the end.We don't have to always 'do' something with the e.g. poemcontains structures or rules established by the players themselves;Play vs games or sportsimaginative, non-literal and removed from reality;These days, children are faced with reality most of the time.Play allows for imagination/magic to develop.occurs between those who are active, alert and non-stressed.Play/imagination happens in the pre-frontal cortex. If stress is present, the child is not able to be working in the pre-frontal cortex.Play involves higher order thinking.
Gray, 2013; Brewer, 2007 Continuum of Play
Kia ora Nick and Elly, A massive thank from us all at the Institute of Education for the manaakitanga and expertise shared with the MTchgLn teachers and staff. We learned so much from your presentation, ambassador-guided visits to diverse learning spaces and then student-directed See-Saw conversations. It was breath-taking and humbling to see so much evidence of teachers’ and students’ agency, leadership and creativity that reflects your school’s vision for all learners. From the chooks to cutting edge digital technology we saw the very best in education and we are so privileged to partner with your school. Thank you too for this presentation which we’ll use on Monday to further reflect on our learning with you this morning. He kura tangata he tanagata kuraWe value each other’s scholarship and talents,and we cherish the importance of collaborative partnerships. Ngā mihi Ally Dr Alison Sewell | Institute of Education | Massey University | Private Bag 11222 | Palmerston North | New Zealand…