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Learning Through Play Teachers

The Four Secrets of Playtime That Foster Creative Kids

This is the second post in a new series, produced by Frog Design, drawn from their publication, Design Mind.

By Laura Seargeant Richardson


A Box? Or a Spaceship? What Makes Kids Creative

The Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2010
By Sue Shellenbarger

When art teacher Kandy Dea recently assigned fourth-graders in her Walnut, Iowa, classroom to create a board game to play with a friend, she was shocked by one little boy's response: He froze.

It's How You Play the Game: An Israeli school where children learn by playing games

By Esti Ahronovitz
Published December 10, 2010 in Haaretz

In the middle of the tour of Ein Hayam Experimental School in Haifa, I considered interrupting the explanations of principal Baruch Yaakobi to ask whether he had injected Ritalin into the children’s mid-morning snack. Everything was so calm, relaxed and focused − hardly the typical atmosphere of an Israeli school. Some budding managers from the University of Haifa who were touring the school showed similar surprise. I saw no children pushing, shouting or cursing. I heard no doors slamming, and I even managed to walk through the hallways without some child running wildly and crashing into me ‏(a frequent occurrence when I pick up my own children at their school‏).

The Creativity Crisis

The following article was published by Newsweek
July 10, 2010  
By Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The Power of Play

Teacher's Network
 By Judi Fenton

Carina and Naimah were playing in the block center in my Pre-K classroom. Different shaped ramps were all over the area, and they were rolling toy cars off of each of them.
Naimah: “This one will go all the way to the door.”
Carina: “No, mine will go farther.”
They both rolled their cars down their different sloped ramps. Naimah’s car went farther.
I walked over to them and asked, “Why do you think that Naimah’s car went farther?”

Playing to Learn

New York Times Op-Ed
February 1, 2010


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