Play. It's such a fun word and can mean so many things. The five year old who enters Kindergarten for the first time is all he or she wants to do. So why does it stop when we reach adulthood? There are moments we get the chance to play, but it seems so scheduled or organized. Hockey from 10-11pm; Run after school 3:30-4:30pm; tennis 9-10am on a Saturday; language arts 9-10am; art class Friday afternoons.
Where I would like to see more play is in how we approach our work with students. Play can also mean taking risks and having fun with the subject one teach's or the experiences that students are exposed to. If a child or young adult see you, the teacher, as having fun with a particular subject, there is no doubt that they will too; thus increasing the motivation to learn or take risks too. So get out there and play a little.
I am the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning