Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day Reviews

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Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day Reviews

Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

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 instruction alone can’t do. And not just during playtimes. “We believe there is play in work and work in play,” they write.

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Macaroo

May 23, 2016 at 9:38 am
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Much needed information, great topic, with useful strategies,, April 12, 2016
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Macaroo (Rocky Mountains of Colorado) –

This review is from: Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day (Paperback)
Recent research and evidence shows a clear positive correlation confirming the significant and positive impact purposeful play can have on early learning. Even so, many centers and/or schools have yet to deem the “purposeful play” approach outline in this book to be worthy of professional development time it so rightly deserves.

As a result, the importance of purposeful play opportunities as a part of a child’s regular day and they are all too often overlooked. As such, these missed moments remain a source of untapped learning.

So why is this?

One director told me that guided play (often used as another name for purposeful play) was a “talent, which separated the so-so teachers from the exceptional teachers, and was not a skill that could be taught. “

Recently, I was working with at a local preschool looking to change their public image. After observing several times, I decided to suggest the director consider some professional development for the instructors in “purpose driven play” and I was slightly shocked at her reaction.

She laughed and quickly dismissed my idea saying, “they either know how to include “purposeful play” or they don’t. Trying to teach it would be like trying to teach someone to plan ahead, either they’re a planner or they’re not.”

I, however, disagree.

I personally know of several industrious teachers who have successfully trained themselves and now include activities and purposeful play sessions as a part of their daily or weekly lesson plan.
One of my favorite home preschool programs, Mother Goose Time, is based on the foundations behind guided play or purposeful play teaching practices.

Moreover, I have receive emails from home-based and center-based educators who have started incorporating practices like those outlined in this book, stating what a enormous difference it has made in their child’s learning or their students’ learning.

Additionally I have conducted parent interviews, and they too confirm what recent research and my personal findings have shown.

Guided or directed play can make a huge different in a young child’s learning and it encourages a positive mindset for children.

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Disclaimer:
I have only been able to skim and read portions of the teaching resources library’s copy of “Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day” and, therefore, I am unable to provide a more detailed review of this book.

I look forward to receiving my own copy, and I will update my review once I have had the opportunity to read the book more thoroughly.

Until then, and since this is a subject near and dear to my own heart, I feel the book to be well worth a spotlight and wish to extend up my humble kuddos to the authors for increasing awareness and offering a practical starting point.

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theresa bartoni

May 23, 2016 at 10:16 am
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