All of us here can speak to someone else here who has made a difference in our lives, I think. That goes for everyone–readers, writers, thinkers, all….This is a great place to share, to learn to think together and grow as catalysts for each other and others not here.
John T Spencer is one of those people for me…so much of what he writes is simply astounding and astute…and as he works to rethink education, he involves people in as many ways as he can. Last Saturday I discovered the Twitter chat he began, called #rechat–a chat to “rethink, reflect and reimagine education.”He made an open call at the end for people who wanted to help moderate and I volunteered.
This morning we did that together, and had quite a “hopping conversation” as someone called it. The topic was play and its role in school, although the conversation really delved more into the value of play and what it does for people, I think. However, we talked briefly about what we observe and what we can learn about a kid when watching one play, and several folks said that others don’t see the value of play or that observing.
So I asked people to think about blogging about an observation they make when kids in their room are playing, so that we can all share the kinds of things we see and look for as we watch. We’ll collect the links here in one place so that we can all learn from one another. Please join us by blogging your own observations, and keep an eye out as we gather those links so you can read along!
Happy New Year!