::: PLAY must happen before learning can occur!
Over the past month I have learnt SO much from Marc Armitage as I have accompanied him along the east coast of Australia where he has delivered thirty five workshops/presentations, reaching over 800 people!
Marc is now back home in the UK but my head is still spinning with all the information I was privileged to hear day after day at his workshops and night after night through his presentation.
I witnessed many a ‘light bulb moment’ but I think the most importanat message I saw people take away was this …
For many of the people in Marc’s workshops it was very clear to me that this was a real WOW factor for them. My favourite example was this. A teacher has decided to provide an activity for children to promote colour recognition, sharing with others, social play, fine motor muscles excercise and mathematical concepts. He has therefore provide the children with some brightly coloured blocks in order to achieve these outcomes.
As a playworker, Marc would say WAIT-A-MINUTE!!!
Because play MUST come first in order for children to learn, what we really SHOULD be doing is simply provide the children with a tub of brightly coloured blocks with which to PLAY and wait and see what develops.
By providing something for the children to ‘simply play with’ you will find that they will end up developing their colour recognition. They will learn to share the equipment with others. They have the opportunity to choose to play socially. Their fine motor muscles will develop and through building, mathematical concepts will naturally take place!
It makes so much sense. From now on I will always remember to provided PLAY for the pure enjoyment of PLAY and understand that learning WILL take place.
Do NOT preempt the learning outcomes …
AIM to provide the PLAY
and the LEARNING WILL happen!
Marc Armitage will be returning to Australia in April AND October 2013. For more information on his return tours you can email firstname.lastname@example.org