Education Category

Playfulness and Playlessness: The Politics and Pedagogy of Play

Creating environments….changing environments….enticing children is our fundamental role. Thank you for this excellent blog post!

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By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. My good friend Debi Keyte Hartland who inspires me with her insight on pedagogical documentation recently wrote a blog post that spoke to the challenging times and the potential of documentation to make visible the values of a humane society. Perhaps it is a sign of the times that I too have been thinking about the potential of play to make visible the values of early learning teachers. Do they value children’s competency, capacity and potential? Are they supporting children’s independence and autonomy or are they looking to control children’s experiences in order to support children to become obedient and respectful of authority? Play offers children an opportunity for freedom. It gives them the chance to feel independent and in control. Those who would suggest replacing play in early learning with work (or the dreaded worksheets) might be doing so to remove this freedom…

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