Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day
  • Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day
  • Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day
  • Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day
ISBN: 0325077886
EAN13: 9780325077888
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2016
Pages: 184
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 9.1" L x 7.3" W
Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Play is serious business.

Whether it's reenacting a favorite book (comprehension and close reading), negotiating the rules for a game (speaking and listening), or collaborating over building blocks (college and career readiness and STEM), Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler see every day how play helps students reach standards and goals in ways that in-their-seat instruction alone can't do. And not just during playtimes. We believe there is play in work and work in play, they write. It helps to have practical ways to carry that mindset into all aspects of the curriculum. In Purposeful Play, they share ways to:

  • optimize and balance different types of play to deepen regular classroom learning
  • teach into play to foster social-emotional skills and a growth mindset
  • bring the impact of play into all your lessons across the day.

We believe that play is one type of environment where children can be rigorous in their learning, Kristi, Alison, and Cheryl write. So they provide a host of lessons, suggestions for classroom setups, helpful tools and charts, curriculum connections, teaching points, and teaching language to help you foster mature play that makes every moment in your classroom instructional.

Play doesn't only happen when work is over. Children show us time and time again that play is the way they work. In Purposeful Play, you'll find research-driven methods for making play an engine for rigorous learning in your classroom.

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   I loved how the authors understand that the work of childhood ...
This book should be essential reading for all elementary school teachers. The authors understand that the work of childhood is important and meaningful, and their message of teaching to the whole child and honoring that child as a unique individual whose desires and needs matter. To listen to an interview with the author, go here.
 
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   ... we want our early learning to be productive and fun, this should be the primer for every parent
If we want our early learning to be productive and fun, this should be the primer for every parent, teacher and school official!
 
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   Play = Learning
This book is filled with information about the importance of play in a child's life. Play is the way children learn and retain what they have learned. There are many examples of what this looks like in classrooms. It helps teachers and administrators see that supporting play is the best way to support success in school and life.
 
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   Play base classroom
I enjoyed reading this book. My principal asked me to pilot a play-based Kindergarten class this year. Thanks to this book, I learned a lot.
 
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   It’s not just playtime anymore...
The book will shift your thinking about play and how to design to serve specific purposes.
 
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   Proof that play is important!
Best book I've read all year about play in the classroom. It is very easy to read but has the research to back up their claims. I have recommended this book to all of my Transitional Kindergarten colleagues.
 
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   Play provides critical thinking
In addition, the book discusses the research behind why we should add play into our classrooms and HOW you can do that with a few little hands. Play is not only fun, but also is the vehicle for critical thinking in the classroom.
 
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   A must have for K-2 teachers!
I am a school counselor and used this book as supporting evidence for a grant to purchase materials for an extended PLAY time for our kindergartners. I really appreciate how itineaz took the stigma out of the word play in respect to early-childhood curriculum, he said. She gives stunning evidence and concrete recommendations for building meaningful play into early-childhood curriculum to support rigor and growth-mindset. I have been waiting for a long time for a supporting body of evidence that what I have known is best for kids, Raymond said. I am so happy to have this knowledgeable and inspirational resource.
 
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   This is a great book for anyone who values both structured and unstructured ...
This is a great book for anyone who values both structured and unstructured play in the classroom. This isn't just for teachers of littles either!
 
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