Inspired from our blackboard discussion this past week on ‘Play’ I continued to explore its meaning, importance and impact on learning.
As stated on blackboard, “I believe play is foundational to the human experience. In making this statement, I think of the many newborns and toddlers I have interacted with in the last few weeks. It is natural for young children to interact with others through imagined and structured play. As they become immersed in the cultural values of industriousness and productivity, the priority and enjoyment of play becomes suppressed and unfortunately diminishes over time. If play is essential to learning then it needs to be made more visible, alive and acceptable in the culture of our classrooms. Play needs to be reframed as a positive means to learn and not viewed as avoidance to learning. Creating opportunities to 'play' while you work should not be the exception but the rule for our students.”
What would happen if we developed a notion of “productive play?”
Tim Brown: Tales of Creativity and Play
As suggested by Brown, “A new nuance of play needs to be developed. Surrender oneself to the experience of play. Forget adult behaviours that get in the way of our ideas. As adults, we need to learn how to transition in and out of play. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that we have to be either playful or serious but you cannot be both. However, it’s not an either, or but an and."
"As adults we can be serious and play."
If we learn by doing, then as adults, we need to address our reluctance to play - to invest greater time and effort to cultivate and establish play into our lives.
How do we develop greater security and trust in ourselves to become more playful and creative?
As suggested in Brown’s video, develop your playfulness by "thinking with your hands."
Try the following:
- Create a list of uses for a paperclip.
- Create a list of uses for aluminum foil.
- Create something new from a discarded cardboard box.
- Complete the thirty circles test.
All images retrieved from Google.com, November 12, 2012
Tim Brown: Tales of Creativity and Play (retrieved November 12, 2012)
The Importance of Play (for adults)
Can We Play? by David Elkind
The Key to Happiness: A Taboo for Adults? by Joe Robinson