“Can Schools Have a Spirit of Entertainment & Play as Part of Their Learning?” #BCSLearns

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

All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun from EdWeek

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7 thoughts on ““Can Schools Have a Spirit of Entertainment & Play as Part of Their Learning?” #BCSLearns

  1. Billl Johansson

    As a physical educator, one of my favorite quotes is from Plato…You can learn more about a man in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. The key for us as educators, as Mimi states is the recognition of what educational “play” looks like.
    Bill J.

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  2. Kim Davis

    Using play as an instructional strategy often increases the quality of students’ products as a result of higher engagement, curiosity, and motivation.

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  3. Lydia Tiseo

    I really liked the ideas presented in the “Building Formative Assessment into Game-Based Learning” video. I think as educators we sometimes can forget that playing games can elicit more of what the students can do than paper-pencil assessments or worksheets. When the games are meaningful, connect to a certain purpose, and are facilitated by the students they are a more valuable learning tool that students remember and are more engaged in.

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    1. Roy Mc

      Lydia, wouldn’t is be nice to have a few professional learning sessions focused on how we might use play, game or social tools for assessment? I think many of us shy away from the concept because we do use games or social media tools.

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      1. Lesie

        As a math teacher, I really feel constrained by the types of assessments I can give to my students. I have certain units where a project is applicable (data unit and probability unit are two areas), but for the most part, I don’t know how to provide alternative assessment opportunities. I also feel that to an extent, I need to teach my students how to be successful in future math classes so I need to give them the types of assessments that they will have after they leave my class. I would really like to have training or visit classes where I could see game-like or other assessment strategies being employed.

  4. Roy Mc

    Mimi Ito video makes me think of the increasing technology/social media divide between adults and students. Many teachers have no clue about the use of social space for themselves, let alone student learning. Many teacher shy away from social tools for personal other than Facebook and possibly Twitter. If this is true, what basis will teachers have to begin the thought process of how these tools are used in the classroom?

    Carl Gustav Jung: …. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

    How can we begin to think creatively about tools we don’t understand or use?

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