How many times have you said to a student, “Quit playing around!” or something similar? Sometimes playing around is good and it can be the better way to get a lesson embedded in a student’s mind. Technology uses games to teach all types of lessons, and there seems to be an even better, unplugged way to use games and puzzles for learning.
Play is a Critical Learning Skill
Think of how a baby starts learning. Mom and Dad play little games that come naturally, like Peek-a-boo and Where’s your nose? Where’re your eyes? Where’re your ears? etc. The games continue as the baby grows, color games, number games, letters . . . all types of learning rolled into fun experiences.
Ask around and you will find that many of the people happiest in their jobs experience some element of play. When appropriate play is an integral part of living, something magical happens. You can bring that magic to the classroom with Embody Learning. Going deeper into the foundation of the program, you will find that certain types of play are an important part of the learning process.
The Intersection of Arts and Play
You may be familiar with how important the arts are to learning, and to our humanity. The arts can be used as powerful tools in teaching. When combined with play, you get games and puzzles. Kids may zone out on a stale lesson of numbers or sentence structure, but turn that lesson into a game or puzzle and the interest in the subject is sparked. Eyes light up and kids want to be involved.
When they experience success in figuring out the puzzle or playing the game, they become even more engaged. Learning is fun for you and for your students. This is part of what Embody learning is all about – getting students to become re-engaged in the learning process and getting them excited about learning. And about putting their new knowledge to use.
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