“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” By Diane Ackerman
Play is a critical component of developing minds. Research shows play is as important as sleep and food; so why don’t we promote more play?
Kevin Carroll is one of the guru’s of why we need play in our lives both as adults and children. He is the reason I started learning more about play a few years ago when I heard him as a keynote at ISTE14. He got me thinking about how we could incorporate play more into the classroom. Kevin is an author of three highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill., a speaker and change agent i.e. Katalyst, you can read more about him here. I highly recommend watching some of his Ted Talks and videos on his site.
Three ways to integrate play into education:
- Create Makerspaces in your classroom or school to allow creative play
- Utilize missions or design thinking projects
- Purposeful play at recess
Resources about Play: