Harness the power of play in building learning environments that help students thrive
In Why Play Works, expert educator and author Jill Vialet shares her insights from a career of promoting play. Designed to support schools, education professionals and parents in promoting play as an essential tool for increasing social connection amongst their students, you'll find out why playing is a behavior that's helped children learn to navigate the demands of social interaction for eons, and how we can keep it central to their school experience even as we return from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this book, you'll discover:
- Why it's important to intentionally integrate play into day-to-day school operations because of its ability to help students learn to manage risks, develop greater self awareness, and build confidence
- Ways of incorporating play into space - both in-person and remote - that contribute to responsive, flexible and sustainable teaching and learning environments
- Real examples of schools leveraging play to promote youth leadership and student agency
- How to incorporate play in co-creating new approaches to education, building off the insight that big changes start small
Perfect for educators, school administrators, parents of school-age children, and anyone who is simply play-curious, Why Play Works is intended to prompt your thinking about all the ways in which play can be a tool for helping to bring out the best in our kids.. The book stands out as a thoughtful, playful and effective guide for supporting the learning and well-being of students everywhere.