…play is seen for what it really is: “the work of childhood.”
…children are permitted to make a space their own.
…they are permitted choose to toss the instruction manuals, mix-and-match, and re-imagine what’s possible.
…they are encouraged to plan their time while also given the skills to identify balance and foresight.
…we stand ready to guide, shape, and support their inquiries, while also respecting their choices, voices, and sometimes messy ownership.
…we respect our students as the human beings they are, giving feedback grounded in relationships rather than judgement. (much less tidy than a clip chart for behavior, but much more likely to yield growth and learning).
What do you find to be the best conditions for messy, beautiful learning?
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