Time to Play
Play is the key to learning. Young children experience the world through play. Skills needed throughout life are developed while playing. Play promotes inquiry, experimentation, investigation, excitement, imagination, and collaboration. Play encourages risk-taking!
Children use play to try new things. They’re not worried about making mistakes or messing things up. They jump right in! Somewhere along the way, learning becomes serious business. Once we understand our strengths and weaknesses, we doubt our success at anything new. We question whether or not we can manage. We worry about exposing our insecurities.
In order to change, we have to shift our thinking. We need to shift the expectations we have of ourselves. It’s okay if we don’t have it all figured out! It’s okay to try and fail—the best learning happens in those moments! We can depend on each other to build on our weaknesses. We need to become more childlike in our approach to learning.
So…how to start?
Let go of your fear. It’s time to PLAY!
Today’s thoughts come from Brandi Jackson. Brandi is the Instructional Coach at Dennis Intermediate in her 15th year of teaching at Richmond Community Schools. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from IU East and a Master’s Degree from Ball State University. She recently completed the Principal Licensure Program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Brandi has previously taught Reading Recovery as well as multiple elementary grade levels. She and her husband, Daniel, have two children, Lydia and Benjamin, who keep them busy. In her spare time, Brandi enjoys spending time with family, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.