An Advocate For Play:
Online learning was an extremely difficult time for everyone involved, especially our youngest learners and their parents. I made a series of videos to support parents to better understand play and some of the ways they can foster learning through play at home. The following are samples from this series that show me explaining and modeling Project-Based Learning, Loose Part Play, and Creative Thinking.
When we returned from Online Learning, I noticed the fear that everyone was carrying - worry about being too close to each other, fearful to take our masks off to eat together, adjusting to sharing space with one another. We were not having any socials at school. After noticing the fear amongst the adults, I wondered how I could encourage a playfulness in us so that we can be relaxed in ourselves and for the children. That is when I asked my team if we can host playdates with other grade levels. It was a hit and so I made this silly video to share and challenged the rest of the school to get out and play together!
It can be difficult to explain to parents and colleagues, who may have grown up in a traditional type of school setting, that play is not a 'four letter word'. I have found that making videos of learning stories to share and make visible the thinking involved in play helps to inform and educate parents on the power of exploration and discovery.
These are a few of the videos that I have made over the last few years: