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Looking through old classroom photographs, I am struck by how often I captured play.
Camera in hand, I was drawn to the feelings in the room: contemplative planning, joyous giggles, cooperative negotiating.
I was also attracted simply by the results of play themselves.
The physical manifestations that resulted when there was time for play.
What was imagined?
How were invitations offered?
How did nature weave itself into stories?
I love that really I didn’t have much to do with it. My role was peace keeper but that wasn’t a full time gig. I could be observer. Walk around and notice. While the children played, I learned. Saw things in new ways.
Noticed the light.
Felt the community.
I was gifted with time to wonder.
It’s freeing to have no expectations of where things will go.
Then it’s all discovery. All impressive. All about risk taking.
Pure creativity without pre-imposed limits.
There is more and more research to support the benefits of play on the social emotional well being and cognitive development of our learners. In our quest for the most meaningful learning opportunities for our students, we need to make room for play.
I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post every day in March.
Slice of Life is hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I thank them for the community they provide. Read more slices here.