What is your learning style?
Im not the creator of these learning styles - there is lots of literature and evidence online about these styles and which are more popular than others. Some literature authors state there are only four main ways; some say seven; I even read somewhere about nine. These seven are ones that I have worked from this year over 2021 and placed my students into. I always ask parents when students start where they think their students might prefer.
Download this pdf chart if you feel this might help you unpack the learning styles of your students too!
Types of Play in your classroom
This can be easier said than done as students quite often chop and change in their play during their play. For example, while observing two students play last term, these two started off as parallel play. They were playing with the car toys parallel to each other; with no engagement or interaction with each other. One student then went off to play with the dinosaurs (solitary play) and the other student simply was an onlooker - watched them play but didn't join in. Then one of these students got out the magnetics and they both were then engaged in cooperative play. Students can switch and change where they need to and for the play that benefits them.
Its definitely something to think about...
What type of play are your students engaging with?
What type of activities promote which type of play in your classroom?
Can you easily spot students that are unoccupied or as an onlooker in play?
What could you do for them?
Check out some of my other playful learning blog posts or resources below!
No cook playdough recipe
I've tried a few different recipes at home for playdough and this one has been mine (and my daughters) favourite. Super simple and it was ready in about 10 minutes! Could whip up a few different colour and scent batches for a provocation or to add to your sensory play! Download the pdf with instructions here!
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!