Classroom climate plays an essential role in how students learn and grow.
When students feel accepted, appreciated, inspired, and supported they are more likely to engage in meaningful learning.
Play-based learning using open-ended materials helps to
- Build Positive Relationships Between Teachers and Students
- Foster Friendships
- Promote Problem-Solving and Creative Thinking
Building positive relationships begins with establishing trust. We build trust with our students by spending time with them, showing an interest in their learning, and creating a safe space for them to share their thoughts and feelings.
Friendships are fostered when students can engage with one another, share ideas, create together, and build teamwork as they work through challenges and celebrate victories.
Play-based learning with open-ended materials also prompts students to problem-solve and think creatively. Instead of being told what to create, or how to play, versatile materials require students to use their imagination, think outside the box, and work through trial and error. As they build and innovate they will undoubtedly encounter problems that require creative solutions. This exploratory process of learning helps to develop students’ sense of self and builds stamina and perseverance, all of which contribute to social and emotional competency.
So let’s give our students the gift of play! The time they spend playing will enhance the relationships they have with us as teachers, help them to foster meaningful friendships, and prompt them to problem-solve and think creatively!
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