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Playful Learning

You've heard that play is the brains favorite way of learning. So why isn't play incorporated in more learning experiences?

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Why Playful Learning?

Started by Brian C. Smith. Last reply by Brian C. Smith Oct 20, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by Susan Gaboriau on March 28, 2010 at 9:49pm
I did my thesis on play in school. I did a lot of research on Papert and Resnick. I use Scratch in my class now.
Comment by Rebecca Atherton on December 29, 2009 at 1:21pm
Did I ever tell you guys that my son learned basic math skills by playing a Math Blaster computer game? He could barely count so with the help of an abacus he learned to compute. Hey, a kid will do (learn) almost anything to save the universe. =D

We later moved to "Math-it" and "Muggins" for additional math skills. Darts is a fun math game too - anything where you have to keep a running score in your head or keep track of money like Life and Monopoly. I can see how PLAY can be LEARNING - for children (and adults though our "play" might look more like "work") the two are synonymous. I wrote a whole blog about it. Maybe I'll post it here.
Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on December 4, 2009 at 9:19pm
I think we're trained to feel guilty if we play as adults, and that spills over onto our teaching. Yet every time I've incorporated play into learning, I have seen excited, and motivated kids.
Comment by Marisa Constantinides on October 29, 2009 at 10:11am
I am all for the idea that anything can be turned into a game or gamelike activity, although there are also certain topics which must not be trivialized through play.

I loved Maraiah Bruehl's website and your comments, Kevin, what a great find!

Can I share a blog post I wrote some time ago related to play and its benefits...

I would love to hear some feedback from you all.
Comment by Kevin Jarrett on October 29, 2009 at 4:49am
Hi everyone,

The group name immediately made me think about Maraiah Bruehl's amazing
which I blogged about here:

Just wanted to share - her site has profoundly affected me as a parent and an educator!

Comment by Colleen McGuire on October 20, 2009 at 1:00pm
You might be interested in reading the posts on the "Less Wrong" blog about the theory of fun. This is precisely what you're talking about here, I think. The essay discusses the need for a game to be at least moderately difficult for anyone to get enjoyment out of it... same for learning.. Let's put the two together. Take a look...

You might also want to take a look at some thoughts I had on the subject here:
Comment by Shelly Terrell on October 19, 2009 at 4:39pm
I'm excited to be part of this group! Thanks Brian!

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