Each year during each of our three Curriculum Nights, I share a quote that I feel aligns well with our vision. This year, I shared the following quote from Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Carl Gustav Jung:
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
The quote challenges us as educators to create learning experiences in our school, our classrooms, for students where they “play” with their learning. Check out the 7-minute video below from Mimi Ito and how she describes the power of student learning in social media spaces. Also included are three articles worth a quick read that suggest Jung’s notion of play is one to consider seriously. Yes, a balance needs to be struck, but digital citizenship (responsibility and accountability) ought to be nurtured in school with educators. And can’t technology, leveraged purposefully, be a conduit for “play”? The challenge Ito proposes from her research? How do we blend formal and informal learning opportunities and “get them working together in a coordinated way”?
Made With Play: Game-Based Learning Resources from Edutopia
Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students from Edutopia