Global Play Day

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 is being called Global School Play Day. What is this about? Well, first, check out this Ted Talk by Peter Grey.

From the video you can hear how kids don’t get out and free play like they used to.

You can find out a little more about Global School Play Day on the website.

Our 6th graders will be participating in the day. Since we have 160 students and it seems as if it could get out of hand, we are putting a few restrictions on the day. We also feel it will help keep students from going crazy and getting in trouble.

Students will still travel their normal class schedule. When they have elective classes (they are mixed grades) they will have their normal classes so that they do not miss out on instruction. However, their core classes will each have a different activity. We will have puzzles in one room, board games and cards in another. A couple of teachers will be outside or in the old gym for students to participate in more physical activities.

Some students will have a little bit of freedom to travel between rooms based off of their reading points on Accelerated Reader. This allows students who read to find an activity they enjoy and stay there as long as they choose.

I feel that the most difficult part of the day will be watching for devices. We allow students to use devices in class for educational purposes, but on this day they will not be allowed. Students need to know how to find fun in socializing with their friends. In fact, that’s what they need most.

Many of our students have difficulty in talking out problems and solving issues without fighting. A big reason that we want to have this day is to help students with their social skills and problem solving.

All the teachers are excited about the day and we can’t wait to see the student’s reactions when we tell them about the activities of the day.

Are you participating in the Global School Play Day? If so, what are you going to do to help promote students having fun?

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