Before we can get to know how they help us learn, we need to know what they are. According to the article All Rigor and No Play is No Way to Improve Learning (2015), playshops are a curricular model we developed to encourage playful and collaborative learning; as well as the rigorous learning that the Common Core standards hope to inspire. Each playshop features different combinations of literacy, arts, sciences, or technology. At their core, playshops build on the strengths of young children and their teachers: children’s expertise in collaborative dramatic play capitalizes on their everyday knowledge and early childhood teachers’ expertise in providing play-based learning. The benefits of having playshops in a learning setting are; inventive learning, enhancing collaboration, and sustaining diverse participation.
As a future practitioner, I support playshops 100% because they are completely different from the traditional approach to learning. Playshops provide students with a wide variety of unlimited opportunities to explore and learn. Through playshops, children construct their own learning and create extremely meaningful experiences. With that being said, I believe that they should be implemented in every classroom because their influence on learning is tremendous.
Simply learning about playshops was not enough, we had to try them out on our own to see how engaging and education they really are. So my group and I decided to gather as many raw materials as we could find and we got started. Our playshop concentrated on literacy sills by using technology to record what we made, science skills by taking a look at the aspects needed for plans to grow, and art skills for our creativity and use of materials and colours. Our group didn’t know what we were going to create at first, however, we all started to make something that resembled plant and throughout the process of creating, we decided it was going to be a little farm.
Over all, we had a blast! We earned that in order for playshops to be effective, the educator needs to provide concrete materials and facilitate the children as they explore and construct the playshop. Playshops are an amazing learning tool as it gives children an opening to express themselves in a very flexible way. (Word Count: 367).
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