The Power of Play, Thoughts on another Ted Talk

Play, Stuart Brown in the Ted Talk The Power of Play, states that the opposite of play is not work it is depression. A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age. Involving yourself in play - creative, hands on, movement, laughter, imaginative - is crucial to your physical, mental, and social health. Research has shown that angry, depressed people have been deprived from the exercise/state of play.

    In my future classroom, play is crucial to the ability to connect with classmates and the learning environment. Whether we are completing a readers theater, acting out scenes from our book, creating a model of a scene, or using our imagination to dig deeper into our readings … this act of play is infused into the learning by student and teacher alike.

    In addition to the above strategies to involve students and teacher in play, purposefully. I want my future classroom to be a safe place for students to act in their own type of (acceptable) play while learning. Laughing, using their hands to create, social interactions, excitement at their own pace (not instructed). Using their own personality to both learn and show their learning.

How do you infuse play into your classroom for your students and in your own life?

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