Children as Experts in their Play

 

By Jennifer Wong-Powell

 

September 21, 22 and 24, 2021

Workshop Feedback

 

The data below is summarized from quantitative data on the Workshop Evaluation Form distributed at the end of the workshop:

 

(1= not satisfied, 5 = very satisfied)

Given below is a compilation of participants' responses to the following query on the Workshop Evaluation Form:  

"What was your key takeaway from this event?"

 

  • Children learn a lot through uninterrupted play

  • The reframing of how we question children during play. Also how important play is and it is something that can be done anywhere with all kids.

  • The importance of observation. Letting the play develop naturally and not interfering. The types of questions you ask can have a huge effect.

  • Powerful engagements using PLAY open up worlds of possibilities. Makes me more reflective as a practitioner. The principles of play and the images of childhood as well as the patterns of play are just so inspiring to learn and develop an awareness of. 

  • How to participate effectively in children's play

  • Ways of documenting children's play and asking robust questions

  • Play is intentional - a child-driven process - asking the right questions to support children¨s play takes practice

  • I felt very challenged to be present in the classroom, observing, responding to, and learning from our students as they engage in play. I feel inspired to bring the play to the centre of the classroom as I continue my own learning journey as a practitioner in the early year's classroom. 

  • Our role as adults in the classroom. 

  • The work with open-ended questions was really valuable especially the last exercise where we reframed questions. The work about observing play was also interesting to me. 

Participating Schools

  • International School of Gothenburg Region, Sweden

  • American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa

  • American School of The Hague, The Netherlands

  • Seisen International School, Japan