Day 3 (of 183) on movement & unstructured play
I don’t mind admitting that I am a supporter of serendipity – sometimes we see patterns for a reason: That’s how I started eportfolios instead of report cards (https://technolandy.wordpress.com/eportfolios/ ) with thanks to @freshgrade & @k_timms ; it’s how I ended up in #83learns with thanks to @reidfindlay ; and how I learned to let go of control and start letting “play” ( https://technolandy.wordpress.com/physical-literacy/ ) with thanks to @laurapaiement
and speaking of “play”…… I encountered a tweet this evening that got me thinking about it via a #moedchat on makerspaces, student choice etc – via @meganblackEHS but connected to the (lost?) art of Play…..
it was actually preceded by a conversation in our staff work area with a “new” (to us) teacher and a discussion about elements of free choice (in a variety of settings) but with a subtext of student choice/ownership in what they do. Last year I embraced “free play” as part of our morning physical education program and loved it – and further incorporated it into the work I do around #geniushour and Self Organized Learning Environments (likely have an influence on the work I will be doing this year as a principal-librarian).
And then it happened…..
I stumbled upon a set of articles that were shared last year but still seemed to be the penultimate paring of a set of patterns around “why school needs to be different today than it used to be” with an article & blog courtesy of @valeriestrauss with a focus on fidgeting (cue self-regulation)
which was followed up again by The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class http://wapo.st/1xlsgMV
Whether you agree with the articles and the concepts of student choice and value of playing both in terms of makerspaces and authentic play (still a great article via the New York Times on Deep Play: https://www.nytimes.com/books/first/a/ackerman-play.html ) the important part is that you need to be thinking about it.
Learners need to move; schools need to adapt/adjust – I have traded in my fathers plush orange office chair that I inherited for a standing desk both for myself, but also as a symbol that education today needs to be different from the stereotypes of school – as @google sadly (teasing! honest!) reinforced with its front page symbol on the first day of school (for BC at least) earlier this week….
It’s nice to reminisce about the past (and usually only remember the good-parts version) but really – the near future of education is much more exciting than the distant past…!