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  1. Ray Archer
    April 15, 2018 @ 5:20 am

    It sounds like a concept that may work with motivated learners, but children are not aware of what exists out there for them to pursue. Their knowledge is very limited, and they wish to play rather than learn. Incorporating play into learning does not teach the value of work, nor does it prepare them for the real world environment of consistently showing up for work and giving sustained effort throughout the work day for their employer.

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  2. PAMELA D HYMAN
    December 4, 2019 @ 5:50 am

    Even motivated students aren’t always aware of what they need to succeed. They have simply learned to do things the way adults in their lives expect. We say ” fake it until you make it”. That doesn’t mean they have constructed meaning of what has been presented to them. Play is a form of learning and unfortunately teachers have not yet learned to use it to our advantage. Of course playing and having fun doesn’t always mean students are learning what we want them to, but most of the knowledge we have has come from those who had fun learning and doing what was interesting to them. We could certainly try to captivate students, encourage them to make mistakes, and have fun; by helping them to enjoy exploration and help them to construct their own meaning of things and acknowledging small accomplishments. It is a wonderful feeling when students have those Ah Ha moments.

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