[Wk 1 Reflection] Pick a P!


This week we are going to reflect on the core ideas of Creative Learning by playing with the 4P’s.

We’d love to hear:

Which one among the 4P’s (Projects, Passion, Peers and Play) are you particularly curious or excited about, and why?

Pick one and share your thoughts by replying to this post.

You are also welcome to join or start new posts and discuss other ideas in the Week 1 section (for example, imagining the kindergarten approach in your learning environment, or sharing a favorite quote from the week’s readings and explaining why it resonates with you).

We look forward to hearing from you!
LCL Team

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This quote says it better than I ever could:

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Fun and play are crucial parts of existence. Too often we make work or study boring and tedious instead of embracing the fun of discovery and challenge.


Passion. Some people are so clearly passionate about so many things, and can identify what they are passionate about, while others either are not passionate, or have difficulty identifying what they are passionate about. How to identify the passions in all students and how to develop them.


All the P’s are awesome and its hard to pick 1. For the conversation i pick Peer, because i thing that its really the most dynamic thought.



Something that came up in our unhangout breakout group last night was how challenging collaboration is, at least with US students. In the US we value individualism and this value runs so deep in schooling and culture here that it is hard to get students to collaborate.

To encourage students to default to collaboration, I do a few things:

  • I facilitate a discussion that explores the question: Why is collaboration a useful life skill and a useful professional skill?
  • I assign them to small study groups that rotate every 3 weeks. When they have questions or get a new prompt, they are to reach out to their group. Some students do this. But others don’t and it makes me sad.
  • When students ask me a question, I often respond by asking them if they have googled it or have asked their peers first. However, I have to be careful about doing this. It can make me seem unapproachable
  • I highlight moments when I see teams working well and making breakthroughs together

I would love to know some LCL hacks for nurturing collaboration among peers.


Right now I will say play, it’s something I wish I could foster more in my students thinking and process. Play is critical to learning any new tool or skill in the shop.



I got into teaching CS because I LOVED programming, and wanted to share how much fun I had. How empowering it was to have minute control over a robot. I got into teaching programming because it was my passion.

It is not necessarily my students’ passion. It doesn’t have to be. I do, however, want to be able to tap into their passions, and ensure they can at least see why programming is one of mine.


Por que pienso que si desarrollas un proyecto atractivo, en este se verá involucrado el trabajo colaborativo con pares, puede incluir juegos en su desarrollo y además involucrar pasiones.
Solo hay que aprender a armar los proyectos adecuados.
Me encantaría aprender sobre esto, y sobre todo lo demás.


In schools, there are projects, there are peers, there can be passion but it is play that has been removed! Now if we can get it back, it becomes the glue! I want to facilitate play in all of the classrooms I am in, from Primary through to University!!



Passion is the lifeblood that enables the learning process itself.
It controls and leverages your actions, and it’s something that you can always keep inside yourself.
It can act as an “energy reserve”, like a battery, that can help to survive to bad moments and give you extra power to prospere in clear waters.

Peers, Play, Projects are just “tools” to improve the quality of your learning process.


All “P’s” are stronger for me, but “Project” is so important in my life that my school, after 10 years passed the so-called Project School, because we worked with projects since 1996. But the project is only possible when we work with Passion, Peers, and Play!


'Obama states:

It has been the risk -takers, the doers, the makers of things–some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor–who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

Can obscure laborers, say specialists, become a peer group?

What of the obscure labor that becomes main stream? When everyone can ‘do it’? Critical mass peer groups?

Case in point–Design.

2044 Vision-- Design is a collective activity. Everyone designs. Work to help ensure that what is designed makes sense in the future lives of people. Move from the design of things or interactions to systems , and from designing for people or designing with people to by people. Connect design research to conceptualization and development, and educating future co-designers.

In summary, I realize that the scale of peer groups matters greatly. How does scale effect definitions of ‘Peer’?


Si tengo que elegir una P, elijo ¨Proyecto¨. Siento que en el momento que ponemos las manos en la masa es cuando pueden expresarse las otras P juntas a la vez. ¨Pasión¨, ¨Jugar¨, ¨Pares¨. Lo mas lindo para mi es cuando en equipo, con pasión, nos divertimos compartiendo un propósito, un proyecto.



Thinking of playing, just makes me feel excited for whatever activity that will require this verb. I think that being able to play around and discover new things just ignites my curiosity for anything. There aren’t many things that can kill my desire to be curious of something. Also, I think be able to understand new skills or things through play is extremely important.


I don’t agree with you, i.e. I don’t think Shaw said it better!

But I fully agree with you on what you say in your own words. Even my favourite subject, mathematics, is often considered boring although the essence of maths is playing with thoughts and experiencing the fun of exploring, discovery and challenge.

Back to Shaw: I disagree with his way of using the words ‘grow old’. It implies that it’s bad to grow old and that old people don’t play. Actually, the ability to play has nothing to do with age and I wish that ‘old’ would more often be used as a positive word :slight_smile: .


Thank you for the disagreement.

Poor, poor math. So much fun and play hidden away behind crazy symbols and needless calculation. You sound like someone who either has enjoyed or would enjoy A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart.

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Thank you for thanking for the disagreement.

And yes, I have read Paul Lockhart and enjoyed it very much. One of my favourite quotes:

Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.


Passion. I think I was interested in watch superheroes taking on challenges when I was young. So it started me on challenges posed by Mathematics. Now I tends to build challenges into my lessons but the students have passion only for computer games. How to make lessons with defined lesson objects be made into kindergarten lessons?