“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood.”
This is how children figure things out. Problem solving, working together, and critical divergent thinking are rooted in play. Teachers step aside. Sometimes the best learning happens when things don’t go right- when another child took some of the cones, and when the amazing tower was threatened to be knocked down.
Did I intervene? Absolutely not. No one was hurt. It was up to the children to figure it out. Honestly, it is one of the hardest things for a teacher to do, but also one of the most important.
I’m in the middle of the busiest time in the school year, writing children’s observations. It is purposeful that we focus on social and emotional first. We’re growing the next generation, and if they can’t get along with others and problem solve, they’ll never have a chance to use their academic skills later on down the road.
Life Skills-101. Play hard!