“What would happen if high school teachers treated these curiosities as assets? If they took seriously the idea that “playing around,” when designed as part of instruction, could help students to engage with academic content in a way that is both joyful and deep?”
HMW use/treat adolescents’ curiosities as assets? Value of play in US @boadams1 connection to a recent blog post. http://t.co/dgwXWidrEQ
Current school reform efforts tend to ignore these questions. They bank instead on a model of discrete skill-building that breaks academic tasks into their smallest components. This model helps teachers to hone in on specific standards with razor-like precision, but it does so in a way that leaves little room for open-endedness. It thus reifies a perspective that is closed to the possibilities offered by playful learning, especially when it comes to adolescents.
unified by a commitment to giving students opportunities to engage in open-ended work. Such opportunities help them learn to tackle complex problems creatively and flexibly, and to engage deeply while doing so. The classrooms where this kind of learning is happening are joyful and rigorous places to teach and learn – and much more aligned with the real world than most.