Do kids ever get bored any more? With all of the screens, games and devices around ... do kids ever have to come up with ways to combat boredom?
Makes you wonder about the importance of play.
I spoke with a Kindergarten teacher a few weeks ago about how much students get to play. She kept stressing that kids simply needed more time to run, jump, stretch, socialize ... and learn.
Later that same day, I spoke to a high school teacher who was concerned that students don't have enough unstructured time to explore different things. She stressed the need to just explore. That sounds sort of like play to me.
Dr. Peter Gray gave a great TEDTalk on this issue a few years ago. He suggested that we (society) have focused too much attention on a school-ish view of child-development -- The important stuff is learned from adults. That's not wrong or bad ... just not complete.
There is so much that students learn from simply playing. Check out his TEDTalk to get more ideas of what play provides.
So ... you're convinced that students need a little more play time? Why not check out the Global School Day of Play. It is slated for February 6, 2019.
Now ... I'm going outside to run, jump, stretch, socialize ... and learn.
Good Reads: Mission High
Mision High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph by Kristina Rizga
Rizga focuses on a "failing" school in San Francisco and how great it is ... In other words, in spite of the test scores this school is doing so much, so well. So why the disconnect between the NCLB label and the perception of students, teachers and parents?
From the preface:
Later in the book, Rizga highlights a math teacher focusing on conceptual math:This book is about this other, messier, mostly qualitative and largely invisible side of the story about public schools in our national debate. After four years at Mission, I have come to believe that educational reforms won't succeed unless there is greater inclusion of the voices of students and teachers and the use of more complex school-based markers that can give us a much deeper insight into what quality education means and how sustainable change can happen in all struggling schools.
He [Taica] is hoping some foundation will choose Mission High for a pilot program in which teachers will have three classes each day and then spend the remainder of the day looking at student work and planning for the next lesson. "I think the results would be huge, but I'm worried most of the money will go toward computers in every classroom and new textbooks that are aligned with the new Common Core tests."
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