The Benefits of Play-Based Learning -- Play, Passion, Purpose
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Yoga for Kids

Have some wound up Tasmanian Devils at home? Join Sarah Kline and her niece Charlotte in a 10-minute sequence. It's a fun and positive way to channel and red...
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Incorporating yoga into your teaching practice is beneficial to learning and fun for students! It can help students to develop critical leadership skills, stimulate learning/the brain, and supports play-based creative learning in which students learn that failure is part of the learning process.

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Teaching Physics with a Massive Game of Mouse Trap

Teaching Physics with a Massive Game of Mouse Trap | The Benefits of Play-Based Learning  -- Play, Passion, Purpose | Scoop.it
Mark Perez and his troupe of performers tour the country, using a life-sized version of the popular game to explain simple machines
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What a fun way to allow students to explore complex concepts. A smaller scale version of this can be worked into Ontario's elementary curriculum in grade 3. This promotes exploration, play and application of concepts in a fun but meaningul way. Students can even make their own version as a final group project depending on development. 

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Top ten toys for the preschool classroom

Top ten toys for the preschool classroom | The Benefits of Play-Based Learning  -- Play, Passion, Purpose | Scoop.it
With so many things on your wish list, it can be hard to narrow down and remember everyone in the process. These lists of Top Toys may be just the help you need!

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Child Learning Through Child Play (by Marco A. Brazil)

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10 Great Games that you can do with your Paper Cups, Paper Plates, Toilet Paper Rolls, Clothespins, and Bottle Caps The best way to develop speaking skills in very young learners is to get the chil...

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Very interesting insight -- "Activities for the young learner must be matched to their rhythm, not the other way around"

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The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System

The Finland Phenomenon, from documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, follows Dr. Tony Wagner through Finland’s extraordinary school system.


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OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine version - Official

From the OK Go album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky" available at http://www.okgo.net/store Director: James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs. Producer: Shirley Moy...
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Creativity emerges in this band's representation of a "Rube Goldberg" machine. Yet again another example of how learning can be fun.

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Toys for the classroom foster communication skills

Toys for the classroom foster communication skills | The Benefits of Play-Based Learning  -- Play, Passion, Purpose | Scoop.it
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is using toys in a pilot project aimed at increasing communication skills between students. The subur...

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Ilana Ben-Ari's curator insight, January 3, 2013 1:23 PM

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is using toys in a pilot project aimed at increasing communication skills between students. The suburban board to the west of Toronto has partnered with Twenty One Toys to introduce its innovative Connexions puzzle packages into the classroom.

Kari Smith's curator insight, January 4, 2013 2:05 PM

Interesting. What do you think? 

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Permission to Play | EdReach

Permission to Play | EdReach | The Benefits of Play-Based Learning  -- Play, Passion, Purpose | Scoop.it
I was lucky enough to have a great conversation with some teachers last month, regarding creativity and play in the classroom.  It was one of those dis

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"How many of us are actually comfortable playing anymore?" The change that needs to take place has to occur at a multitude of different levels

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A Group Of Schools In Sweden Is Abandoning Classrooms Entirely

A Group Of Schools In Sweden Is Abandoning Classrooms Entirely | The Benefits of Play-Based Learning  -- Play, Passion, Purpose | Scoop.it

It's K-12, but relevant:

 

"A new school system in Sweden eliminated all of its classrooms in favor of an environment that fosters children's "curiosity and creativity."


Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden, wanted learning to take place everywhere in its schools -- so it threw out the "old-school" thinking of straight desks in a line in a four-walled classroom.


Vittra most-recently opened Telefonplan School, in Stockholm. Architect Rosan Bosch designed the school so children could work independently in opened-spaces while lounging, or go to 'the village' to work on group-projects.


All of the furniture in the school, which looks like a lot of squiggles, is meant to aid students in engaging in conversation while working on projects."

 


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An alternative form a education in Sweden. What an interesting design. 

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Finland Students - 8th and 9th Grade

Tony Wagner interviews Finn students in the 8th and 9th grade. A clip from the Finland Phenomenon.


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Interesting insights from these students. It is very important to acquire knowledge directly from the students abut what it is that will serve them best in terms of teaching them skills. The fact that they have a hand in the process makes it more meaningful to them "Less is sometimes more" -- How do we help students to find their passions?

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