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Purposeful Play
A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day
Kristine MrazAlison PorcelliCheryl Tyler
Grade: PreK - 3rd
Pub Date: 4/1/2016

Play is serious business.

Whether it’s reenacting a favorite book (comprehension and close reading), negotiating the rules for a game (speaking and listening), or collaborating over building blocks (college and career readiness and STEM), Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler see every day how play helps students reach standards and goals in ways that in-their-seat... more

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Play Attention!
A Playful Mindset Meets Academic Content
Stephanie Parsons
Grade: 3rd - 6th
Pub Date: 10/8/2020

A playful mindset is key to finding creative, resourceful ways of doing the things we need to do in life. And yet, in the past 50 years there has been a steep decline of free self-directed play both in and out of school. “In providing more structured activities outside of school, longer school days and more rigorous curricula, we have raised children who are less prepared... more

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Keeping Play Purposeful During a Pandemic

How can we hold tight to the fundamental aspects of children's play during a pandemic?Learn how in this blog post from the authors of Purposeful Play.... more
What Is Purposeful Play?

What Is Purposeful Play?... more
Purposeful Play: Thinking About The Processes In Play

Purposeful Play: Thinking About The Processes In Play... more
Building Bigger Ideas
A Process for Teaching Purposeful Talk
Maria Nichols
Grade: K - 5th
Pub Date: 3/21/2019

Study after study shows that as students grow, they become increasingly focused on technology-driven communication. Cyber-dialogue replaces face-to-face interactions in all aspects of their lives. And yet, has there ever been a greater need for students to learn the art of “talk,” to be able to converse “live” with others, to collaborate, negotiate, and learn from one another?... more

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

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