Reflect on your play What happened? What did you do?
Reflect on your play What was it like when someone asked you… “What is that?” or “Is that a cat?” A little judgmental—I felt judged; “why is it like that?” – I don’t know; it just is!” Pressure to have a response I may not want to be labeled I thought you were genuinely interested Might help me develop more ideas (except I was already done) I did have a new idea because of the question No one felt interrupted—they felt that they were playing for a purpose. “I wonder if this is okay? How long do we have to do this?” When children ask each other, I think their intention is to be friends. But we didn’t ask each other (mostly) except one of us I felt confident even though you called it “weird.” Your comment on mine made me feel accepted, actually. When you said it was skyscrapers I thought you were interested I was confident with my reply to say it’s trees with movie theaters I felt good when you said “I thought you said you weren’t creative. That’s creative!” Depends on the tone of what you say – if it’s a value judgment like “that’s weird” then that’s obviously uncomfortable Can be a tone of interest that feels good
What is play? Best aspects of play? What about “mindless” play – play without “work”? Having fun Using your imagination Unrestricted Being with friends Being alone Uninterrupted Enjoying Accomplishing Learning Improving Problem-solving Can direct or re-direct Endless possibilities Relaxing Carefree Youthful Freedom – thought of that for me as adult but didn’t think of it when considering “play” for kids A way to calm down – I do it when I’m moving around too much; I sit down and play with the sand or the playdough… Not working (as adult) Engrossing escape from pressures or home Relaxing & rejuvenating Get out energy running around
What is “good” play? What does “good” play DO for children? …for you? The things on the last slide Learning Builds confidence Builds independence Builds skills Creativity Patience Perseverance Cooperation Teamwork Community building/working together Builds relationships Concentration Communication To play alone – independence Allowed to use their imagination Work Everything that they play gets them a step closer in development. Parents need it to be defined as work. I want to not have to prove to the parents that the children are okay just to experience…. No child walking sooner became an Olympic athlete (see our 135 textbook) Pay attention to whether the child is doing her Play with “play” intention or “learning” intention Freedom Alone time in the play house Entertainment Reading Dancing Laughing Singing Walking Clapping Dress-up Role-playing Eating Telling me what to do Squeezing glue Imitating Running Chasing Jumping… in puddles Spilling milk – so funny Hiding from the teacher Trying to get the broom Art – painting, etc Sensory – eating oatmeal, Ignoring the rules Saying bad words Climbing on the furniture
Computers/TV Educational? Necessary to be educational? Entertaining? Biases against computers/TV Quality of program/etc Quality of learning; can this learning be done better out of the computer? Are they missing out of real-world interaction? Quality of entertainment Being “cool” or “grown-up” – impressing people Possibilities of computers/TV over real-life. Virtual field trips Programming things/computers Age? Carefully considered Recommendations for parents to use it at home Starfall.com It’s okay for parents to use it as a tool to keep the kids busy
How do we learn through play? Learning through play: NOT the “work” of the child, but facilitates learning. Opportunities vs. Lessons What happens in “learning play”?
What does “good” play look like? Inside the Problem- Solving part of play: Plan Do Review Outside: What does it look like? Can we see it?
Wrap Up Monday 1/11 Wednesday 1/13 Due… Post DQ 2: Define Play In Class… Conditions for Play Due… DQ 1 replies (2) Work on D3: Facilitating Play due Friday In Class… Types of Reality Friday 1/15 Due… Post DQ 3: Facilitating Play