Pearson's paper on the importance of play differentiates play into two categories: free play and structured, or guided, play. Both types stimulate brain development and are essential for creating a holistic understanding of class material.
The possibilities for fun and learning are endless with this set. The circuit boards are colorful and allow young students the ability to design electrical systems on their own. What a great way to inspire passion about science!
These four classroom play activities, designed by Timothy Rasinski, facilitate student involvement with vocabulary and strengthen memory. My students love vocabulary games, and these games help them excel at reading, writing and speaking. I really enjoyed this article since it put me directly into Rasinski's classroom.
Using games for student assessment is fun for the student and the teacher! My students absolutely love playing games, and being able to observe how they interact with each other and the game helps me ascertain their understanding of course material. This Edutopia resource (a video and article) is extremely helpful for building a lesson plan around play!
Kristin's method of teaching students to approach issues six different ways (with the cube method) is amazing! It helped my students visualize learning, and allowed them a healthy way to play in the classroom. Creating the modge podge cube was also extremely fun!
Koosh Ball Morning Play is my student's favorite time of the day. We pass the ball and tell each other good morning, and discuss new words we have learned. This gives the students time to share new vocabulary and practice their speaking skills. Plus it's a lot of fun!
My students absolutely love this game, it rewards mathematical accomplishments with points in a Baseball game. I can also walk around the classroom and gauge how my students are doing, while they interact and ask their peers for help.