What do you think?
I think it is true “not all types of play are created equal”.
What does play look like in your practice?
Some few months ago in my scratch class. I wanted to teach my students how to create / design their own backdrops. So I introduced them to https://www.template.net/ to make their design.
After I guide them through how to use the website. I asked them to design an IV for their birthday. WOW!, it was great as each one selected his own template and made what was in his mind.
Their choices were way different from each other and we all learn new things as each one of them try to figure-out how to achieve his aim with the template he selected. It took more than one class (our plan) before all was able to achieve their aim. After the classes, I shared the art work with their parents.
The parents kept wondering and asking if their child made this?
From this experience, our initial goal was to make a design to use as a scratch project backdrop, but through tinkering we ended up making beautiful, individualize IV for the students birthday.
What are some of the design choices or facilitation strategies that you already use, or you plan to use, to promote a playground-style play?
Some of my students suffer from “free interaction” difficulties. This is one of the reasons their parents prefers our method of in-person teaching in class with students. To the parents this will help their child make new friends even thou it is online classes.
The parents have also suggested we introduce from time to time free to talk sessions during our classes. During this type of sessions students are free to say what is in their mind in any language. The teacher is only to listen and note any issue that may need correcting. All correction are to take place in a playground manner not to hurt the child feeling and not to break his confidence to talk the next time.
Another method (idea) we are playing with is to connect our online students offline. We are at present working in 4 countries : Nigeria, UK, Ireland and Saudi Arabia. Our parent are playing with the idea that these students may come together one day. This is just to create more playground-style play for them.