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What Do You Talk About With Different Kinds Of Play?

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In Purposeful Play, Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler list the different types of play and the most productive conversation that can come from each. When students are playing outside—what Cheryl calls "rough and tumble play" in today's video—the conversation becomes one about empathy, negotiation, and problem-solving. In games with rules, kids learn and talk about self-control, self-regulation, and what it means to win or lose.

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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Different Types Of Play And When They Fit

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In Purposeful Play, Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler list four different types of play that kids engage in throughout the day. Each type of play has its specific context, and utilizing those contexts in the classrooms help you ignite deep and joyful learning.

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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Purposeful Play: Thinking About The Processes In Play

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In the classroom, when play is happening, it's incredibly spontaneous. "Really powerful play," says Kristi Mraz in this video, "has little explosions of change happening throughout it." While that may be overwhelming, it allows for great opportunities to teach. Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler want to show you how.

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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Play Is The Work Of Children

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Almost all teachers are worried about benchmarks and standards coming from all directions, and oftentimes you'll hear, "I don't have time to play because we have all this work to do."  But authors Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler see play as the work of children. In this video, they'll convince you.

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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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The Teacher You Want To Be: Peter Johnston and Gay Ivey On Engagement

When lists of standards for school achievement are made, nobody seems concerned that happiness is not on the list. It would be easy to make the case for it, though. Happy children are better learners, healthier people, and better earners when they leave school (Lyubomirsky, King, and Diener 2005; Peterson, Park, and Seligman 2005). But the omission points to a much larger problem. Children live at least twelve years of their lives in school, and their experiences influence every aspect of their development and well-being—the intellectual, the emotional, the psychological, and the social (Eccles and Roeser 2011). While we are busy teaching children to read and write, the students are also trying to make sense of being human. Pressures to focus on the “basics” and “academic rigor” often distract us, and we forget that healthy development and well-being require children to experience a sense of autonomy, relatedness, and competence (Ryan and Deci 2000).

—Peter Johnston and Gay Ivey

The Teacher You Want To Be: Essays About Children, Learning, and Teaching, edited by Matt Glover and Ellin Oliver Keene, will release October 22nd.

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