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making play based learning compulsory for early eary years

Problem based learning
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patrick o'gorman

on 31 May 2011

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Transcript of making play based learning compulsory for early eary years

The importance of play-based learning what is play based learning? Practical examples of this theory in schools. • Explore the world – natural and social
• Develop and practise social and language skills that may be more
complex than in everyday activities
• Expand and challenge their physical skills
• Experiment with new ideas including symbolic competence required
for formal learning
• Enhance their self-confidence
• Think and express themselves creatively
• Respond to experiences with or without language • Children may play on their own in solitary play; alongside someone else
but independently in parallel play or with other children in cooperative play
• Play may be structured, where someone else makes the rules and decisions
• Play may be unstructured, where the child is self-directed or takes
all the initiative. • positive attitudes of self-motivation and self-direction
• self-confidence
• cooperation and group values
• curiosity, persistence and concentration
• language and numeracy. We can support children’s play by
• allowing for extended periods of time for children to remain in ‘the flow’
of their play
• providing resources such as safe household items and materials
• making enough space to focus on the play activity
• catering for choices of activity, materials and equipment
• role-modelling to encourage and extend ideas
• challenging them with more complex thinking, novel ideas or experiences What does play look like? When children play, they How can we support childrens learning with this theory? What can children learn in play? Play is the way most humans, but especially young children, make sense of their world. Play-based learning is an important way to develop active learning.
Active learning means using your brain in lots of ways. croydon west primary school. http://www.croydonwestps.vic.edu.au/text/the_studio_idea_aqe0.htm Our vision for this PBL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x1eMm6FMUU The Vision
The teams’ vision for education in the future is one that includes a compulsory 3 year play-based learning environment. Having the 3 year compulsory play-based learning environment ensures that students’ are able to develop and explore at their own pace and not guided by a strict curriculum.
The vision is very imaginative and might be a successful vision for education in future. However play-based learning has already been implemented in school environments such as Croydon West Primary School and Manchester Primary school, so there is evidence that play-based learning is both successful and useful in modern day teaching.
If our vision was to be implemented in all schools, the students’ learning would not be assessed through curriculum, but marked merely on their development physically and mentally. Teaching strategies would remain similar, but the teachers would have to make sure the learning environment was one that encouraged investigation and growth. Montessori schooling the montessori approach fosters childrens love of learning and e
ncourages independence by prodivding an environment of
activities and materials which children use at their own pace
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