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.
InnovatED.LA April 2014
Presenter: Kelly Wall
Class website: www.thehistoricalworld.weebly.com
Viewpoint School, Middle School social studies
“You can Collaboration in Secondary Educationdiscover 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 intellect but by the play instinct.” 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