Learning Through Play

bring back PLAY!



“Learning through play with “hands-on, minds-on” approaches (not workbooks) is a powerful way forward. Play gives children space to dream, discover, improvise, and challenge convention. It’s crucial to social, emotional, cognitive and even physical development, helping them grow up “better adjusted, smarter and less stressed.” We know this.

So, where did play go?

Over the last three decades, while schoolchildren K-12 have become better test-takers, they’ve also become less imaginative, according to many experts in education, including Kyung Hee Kim, a professor of education at the College of William and Mary. 

In 2011, she analyzed scores from the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking and found that: “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different…

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Why Academic Tenacity Matters


Delightful & Distinctive COLRS

Source: Scientific American, Apr 2014

Academically tenacious students:

  1. Feel as though they belong in school, academically and socially.
  2. See the relevance of education for achieving their personal future goals.
  3. Value effort.
  4. Seek challenging tasks that will help them learn rather than stick with easy tasks that offer no opportunity for growth.
  5. View setbacks as an opportunity for learning rather than an indication of their low innate ability or worth.
  6. Have a number of self-regulation strategies at their disposal to remain motivated and avoid distractions over the short and long haul.
  7. Believe in their ability to learn and perform.
  8. Enter the classroom with the goal of mastering the material, not outcompeting other students.
  9. Have a sense of purpose, and feel that their learning will contribute value to the world beyond themselves.
  10. Have positive, supportive relationships with teachers and peers.

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Don’t Take Notes on a Laptop!


Thank you, Elisabeth, from EDU 510, for this cartoon.  🙂



New Item – Pi Patch

Storied Threads

Pi patch. No, not that kind of pie. Pi patch. No, not that kind of pie.

A little something for the math geeks I know are out there — the symbol for Pi, stitched in black thread on light blue cotton canvas.

This sew-on patch measures approximately 3 inches in diameter. (Ha. Diameter. (Pi*radius)squared.)

Click here to buy one!

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Learning Trends


Blended learning can tick a lot of boxes for a lot of different teachers who teach in potentially quite different scenarios. From 1:1 classrooms and schools with plenty of iPads to BYOD classes filled with different types (and amounts) of technology, blended learning can help nearly every teacher make learning more personalized and more interesting for their students.  Implementing a blended learning program in your classroom can be a great way to put the technology tools you have – whatever they may be – to use. The handy infographic below takes a look at 10 blended learning trends that are showing up in today’s classrooms. Keep reading to learn more!

10 Blended Learning Trends

  1. The student-centered learning experience – focus on the students rather than on the teacher offers a more inquiry driven and experiential learning experience
  2. Soaring numbers of digital learners – the number of students participating in classroom-only education…

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XKCD for EDU 510…


EDU 510

New class on Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning!  Looking forward to the class, and seeing what I can “learn” about learning! 🙂