"Where imaginations play, learning happens." (Thomas & Brown, 2011)

"Where imaginations play, learning happens." (Thomas & Brown, 2011)

Many educators tell me that they think PLAY is important for learning but they don't have "time" for it. Of course, this kind of statement reveals an underlying belief that learning can happen without play, and/or that play is somehow at odds with "real" learning. I'm interested in how you understand "play" and how you incorporate it in your teaching in meaningful ways. The questions that follow probe a little into how you meaningfully incorporate, assess and value play-full teaching.
Thomas, D. & Brown, J. (2011). A New Culture Of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World Of Constant Change.