Saturday, February 7, 2015

Global School Play Day

On Wednesday, February 4, our school participated in the first annual Global School Play Day.

As a teacher who uses technology often in the classroom, I am a firm believer in the many benefits that technology can play in education.

However, it is also important to remember that there needs to be time where we need to make sure our children turn off their devices, walk away from the screens, and get busy and active in other ways. That's what Global School Play Day is all about.

If you have a few minutes, there is a great TED Talk by Peter Gray regarding the importance of play here

We owe our thanks to The Bedley Brothers for getting this great project started!

Students brought in their favorite toys to school to share with their classmates, and the one rule was--no electronics. Then they had a chance to play.

Here's a little peek into what went on that day!

We made forts:

We played games:

We built with blocks:

We created with crafts:

We played with dolls:

I was so happy to see the great cooperation and thoughtfulness from every child in the class. We were responsible, we included everyone in our games, and most of all, we had fun!  

Also--we learned a lot. That is one of the ways we learn. Through play.

Here is a short video to give you a better look at (some) of what went on...and why it is so important.

Also check out the post on the Pinewood Blog here for more information about Global Play Day at our entire school.

Students, parents, or visitors to the blog, we would love to hear your thoughts about Global Play Day and/or the benefits of play. Is this an activity that we should try again?

1 comment:

  1. I think it is awesome that the class took the time to engage in play as a different vehicle for learning (e.g cooperation, competition, strategy, game theory, etc.)

    Very cool Jack, teaching your pals to play Magic the Gathering!


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