Reinvigorating History Classes: The Importance of Play and Collaboration in Secondary Education. InnovatED.LA April 2014 Presenter: Kelly Wall [email protected] Class website: www.thehistoricalworld.weebly.com Viewpoint School, Middle School social studies.
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Reinvigorating History Classes: The Importance of Play and Collaboration in Secondary Education
InnovatED.LA April 2014
Presenter: Kelly Wall
Class website: www.thehistoricalworld.weebly.com
Viewpoint School, Middle School social studies
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.”
“Whoever wants to understand much must play much.”
- Gottfried Benn
Group Play Option 1:
Build a Mayan Civilization in groups: Take on a social role and imagine your responsibilities and contributions as a peasant, priest, commoner or artisan. Break ground using Legos and implement your group’s vision.
Solo Play Option 2:
Cell Phones From the Past:
Imagine that a person from the past owned a cellphone. Who might they call or text? What apps would they have? Bonus question: What calls might they “drop” and why?
Novice: Are you interested in transforming your curriculum to be more playful?
Next step: Planning.
Veteran: Have you already incorporated a culture of play into your classroom?
Next Step: Reflection.
Curious Individual: Do you want to experiment and try out more playful approaches to learning?
Next step: Explore.
All hand-outs and lessons will be posted on my class website: www.thehistoricalworld.weebly.com