Blog Posts:

Jan 10, 2018

#GAfE4Littles and #InnovatingPlay Join Forces

Magical things can happen when learners come together and play!

Play holds the power to make connections, share ideas, explore possibilities,

and discover each other.  

Dec 10, 2017

Invitation to Play with Meaningful Holiday Magic

Rather than focusing on adding more to our plates,

this invitation offers the opportunity to look closely at

the things we are doing during the holiday season,

and reflect them in meaningful ways in our learning and teaching with children.

Nov 12, 2017

Flipgrid Bedtime Stories

I recently began to consider the tools we now have at our fingertips, and how we can use them to support, and in some ways even elevate these special literacy learning moments.

Nov 04, 2017

Invitation to Play: Lego Flipgrid

This November (and for as long as interest lasts), we are inviting all

children to share their unique LEGO creations with each other via our

LEGO FlipGrid Invitation to Play. 

Oct 28, 2017

Innovating Play and Embracing Imperfection

No matter how much we have modeled and set clear guidelines and expectations, there are times when play just gets plain messy. 

Oct 21, 2017

Innovating Play through Meaningful Connection

Our ongoing challenge is to protect what we know is best for young children, while meeting the changing demands and needs of 21st century learners. 

Dec 10, 2017

I Play with Design and Creation

Play is a natural extension of our work.  If we see our lessons as

opportunities to guide learning through play,we open up

possibilities for children to transfer their learning through play as well.

Sep 30, 2017

I Play with Nature and Mulitmedia

In this post, I share the process of integrating hands-on experiences with nature,

and a variety of digital tools to elevate the experience and process of learning.

Sep 23, 2017

I Play with Book Creator

I recently began considering the role of play in guided literacy experiences...

Sep 17, 2017

I Play with Global Friends

As we look closely at play within the context of our current time and culture, it is important to consider the ways in which we can both offer and elevate play for young children.

Sep 10, 2017

I Play and Share in Digital Newsletters

No matter how busy and crazy our day in the classroom can become, documenting experiences and putting them into a thoughtful reflective piece is a game changer. 

Sep 02, 2017

Innovating Play: A Global Invitation

Through our Innovating Play Global Invitation we can create, collaborate, share, and grow together.

Aug 24, 2017

Research and Resources

In this post I have created a collection of some of my go-to resources supporting play in the classroom. 

Aug 23, 2017

I Play with Social Scaffolding

Creating a safe space to model what it means to be a thoughtful digital citizen must be one of our priorities as educators.

Aug 18, 2017

I Play with Adobe Spark

Prioritizing family communication is one of my joys and passions as a teacher. 

Aug 12, 2017

I Play as Part of a Classroom and Global Community

The value of the learning experience is really in the interaction, manipulation,

conversation, and discovery that happens as your classroom family

comes together to start the day.

Aug 08, 2017

I Play with Support and Understanding

As we consider Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, we know that before a child can learn,

s/he must first have a sense of safety and security.  Knowing this, before I introduce

any academic concepts to children and families, I address the basic worries that

may be causing anxiety. 

Aug 06, 2017

I Play with Blocks

I considered ways that we can help children to document their own play, transfer concepts,

and share their experiences.  Here you will find the link to my Building and Engineering

Hyperdoc using Google Slides.

Aug 02, 2017

I Play with Chromebooks

As teachers of young children, one of the first steps on our road to designing creative learning experiences is to consider the logistics of developing independence within any given task. 

Jul 31, 2017

I Play with Words that Matter

In order to support meaningful and thoughtful change, we must be clear with each other,

with our families, and with the children we have the privilege and

responsibility of guiding each day. 

Jul 19, 2017

I Play as a Digital Citizen

It has long been the job of teachers and parents to provide safe spaces for young children to explore the world... 

Jul 21, 2017

I Play

Now, let's celebrate our children as the designers of play!  Let's give them a voice, and together we will help them define their path, and rediscover the rules of play by passing it on through our connection with each other. 

Jul 26, 2017

I Play with a Purpose and a Plan

Play should be the main thing from which all of our other instruction is driven.  

If we closely observe our children, we will learn who they are when we listen and

watch them play.

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