By Ms. Sokol
This week our team watched a video of Mrs. Warszalek teaching a science lesson where she was experimenting with letting the kids play with materials to build a wind-measuring instrument.
The main take aways are as follows.
- Play with parameters and rules of what we do when we play in the classroom looks fun!
- Associative play seems to happen naturally without much teacher intervention as the kids are playing to learn.
- Some people in the group think that having the freedom to explore and work through a problem can create a “good” type of frustration that can lead to a great idea or an epiphany.
- Lastly, most people agree that giving the kids minimal direction for a task at the beginning can force the kids to be more explorative and creative.
What we want to do next is some more reading from the field on different kinds of play to help us continue to develop the rubric for 2nd/3rd play below.