Let’s make sure we are not playing our way to collective ignorance! ” play-based learning” “enquiry learning” ” project learning” investigative learning” Why do I feel a sense of despair in the pit of my stomach when I hear these labels being tossed around like the lettuce in my mixed salad? Is it the implied simplicity that accompanies such statements as ‘Just follow the interest of the learner’, or is it the assumption that all our students come to the table with a strong language foundation that equips them to engage in the openness and by some form of osmosis develop the necessary skills and competencies to engage with the multitude of learning opportunities offered? Don’t get me wrong, I believe in play as an essential part of the learning process. I believe in and in fact am a strong advocate of ‘personalization’ (Breakthrough, Fullan, Hill &Crevola, 2006).
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Darlington Kindergarten Darlington Kindergarten is in the south-west suburbs of Adelaide, collocated with Darlington Primary School. Of about 50 eligible pre-school children, 10 are Indigenous. There are approximately 40 Occasional Care children (pre- Kindergarten). The kindergarten also runs three play groups, one specifically for Indigenous children. Ms. Conway's Kindergarten Website: About Play-Based Learning It has long been known that there is a strong link between play and learning. Children are full of natural curiosity and they explore this curiosity through play. When kids are playing, it's the perfect time to learn. Play teaches kids how to problem solve, how to make friends, how to express themselves, how to enjoy the world around them, and how to recognize letters and numbers. All of these skills form the foundation of a love of learning.
Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center Kyle plays with blocks and builds a castle. Tony and Victoria play fire station and pretend to be fire fighters. Kenzo and Carl play catch with a ball. Children playact with playmates in the playhouse. Playgroups on the playground choose players to play ball. Play-based learning and intentional teaching in early childhood contexts Play-based learning and intentional teaching in early childhood contexts Play-based learning and intentional teaching in early childhood contexts Louise Thomas Elizabeth Warren Eva deVries Australian Catholic University THIS PAPER REPORTS ON an analysis of teachers’ talk of play-based learning and intentional teaching of mathematics. The participants in the study were two early childhood teachers in a pre-Prep program (the year before school). Teachers’ talk of how they engaged in the interplay between children’s play and the use of intentional teaching practices to introduce mathematics concepts formed the data set to be analysed.
What is education for sustainability? / EfS in the curriculum / Home - Education for Sustainability Education for sustainability is about learning to think and act in ways that will safeguard the future wellbeing of people and our planet. What will my students do in education for sustainability? Many contexts, topics or issues that students could explore have a connection to education for sustainability. There are opportunities in most areas for students to examine how the resources we use and what gets left over from living how we do affects the Earth. Teachers can introduce students to attitudes and values towards the environment and create opportunities to explore their own. Students will also have opportunities to take action on issues that are meaningful to them, exploring why this is important and the skills they need to be successful.
Documentation - a first peek... Here comes a picture filled post about documentation - but it will only scratch the surface of what documentation is about. Here in Sweden there is a continuous discussion about the difference between documentation and pedagogical documentation and trying to define what that difference is so that there is better understanding for EVERYONE. I can only write as I have understood - as I have used and practiced and evolved in my own journey to understand documentation... For me documentation is not just about putting things up on the walls or in files (portfolios) - it is about a whole process of learning - the children and me. When I am documenting I need to have an idea of WHY I am documenting - is it so that the children can use the words and images to prompt their own memory and offer an opportunity to deepen their own understanding?
The Ten Commandements of Play-Based Learning « Abundant Life Children My day-to-day work with young children paired with the here-and-there trainings and consultations I do with other early childhood professionals continue to teach me this: one of the most difficult lines to toe in the complex world of play-based learning is the one that separates “too involved” from “disengaged”. Scores of us champion the young child’s right to play, but the intricacies of such work are more difficult to articulate. In an effort to articulate how I discern the line, I have created a Ten Commandments-esque list, having just listened to one of my all time favorite episodes of This American Life. This list captures my guiding principles when it comes to accompanying children through play-based learning. Despite appearances to the contrary, I do not view this list as exhaustive, and if you have your own to add, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
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Environmentalising early childhood education curriculum through pedagogies of play (Free full text available) Susan Edwards Amy Cutter-Mackenzie Monash University IN RECENT YEARS THE CONCEPT of child-centred play as an informant to the early childhood curriculum has been critiqued as an insufficient pedagogical approach for supporting children’s knowledge development. Running in parallel with these criticisms has been the emerging importance of environmental education in early childhood curriculum.