Tag Archives: Kristi Mraz

What Is Purposeful Play?

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What is purposeful play? It is serious business. Play is not something to be done after the work is over; children show us time and again that play is the way they work.

Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day is the newest book from authors Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler. "We believe there is play in work and work in play," write the three coauthors. "It helps to have practical ways to carry that mindset into all aspects of curriculum."

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for April 3–9

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What a week! Have you been celebrating National Poetry Month? You should be. Here's a poem right now. Time for another Link Round-Up!

These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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TCRWP Twitter Chat: Purposeful Play: Infusing Joy in Learning Across the Day

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See below for the chat transcript

by Anna Gratz Cockerille 

Observe a classroom where children are engaged in purposeful play, and you’ll be staggered by the display of skills. You’ll see children honing math skills as they count, divide, multiply. You’ll see them utilizing their oral language to the hilt as they negotiate, imagine, describe. You’ll see play that includes writing, play that includes reading, play that includes critical thinking. To be sure, you’ll see a teacher moving among the children, intervening with questions, tips, sometimes suggestions. But his or her intervention will be to guide, not to direct. For when children play purposefully, this time is sacred. This is a time in which they can truly become.

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Year In Review: Teacher Tips From 2015’s Professional Book Lineup

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This year, we released The Heinemann Teacher Tip App as a free download for iOS and Android devices. This app delivers ideas and inspiration from our authors directly to you every weekday. Thousands of people share the daily teacher tip through Facebook, Twitter, and email. The App grows each season with Heinemann's newest offerings.

Here is a look at five tips from 2015's Professional Book lineup:

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of October 11–17

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Midway through October and we've reached peak foliage in New England. Other peaks reached: candy corn consumption, fake spider webs in front lawns, and outfits of tall boots and seasonal sweaters. Everything and everyone look great out there! Here are some links!

These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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