Playing For Keeps: Life And Learning On A Public School Playground

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Why is play important in the lives of children? What crucial aspects of learning are being neglected in the current near-elimination of recess time in public schools? Playing for Keeps, co-authored by the well-known writer and educational leader Deborah Meier and two colleagues with equally long experience in schools, explores these questions. Based on close observations on a public school playgro...

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Teachers College Press (July 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0807750956
ISBN-13: 978-0807750957
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
Amazon Rank: 1894724
Format: PDF ePub Text djvu ebook

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As an early education Teacher who is very concerned about children's decreasing opportunities to PLAY, I found this book to be a terrific support. Through stories from actual children's play, Meier, Engel and Taylor explain clearly what is so critica...

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ok shows children at play in a relatively natural, unstructured environment. The reader is virtually there, seeing, listening in, able to appreciate the children’s curiosity, humor, intelligence, and inventiveness. Readers will recognize the children’s voices and ways of thinking, and perhaps be reminded of their own childhood, their own children, or the children they teach. The authors comment on the observations, adding to the reader’s own perceptions . This lively, engaging book makes a strong case for the importance of free exploration, wonder, imagination, and play to the learning and growth of children. It should contribute significantly to the understanding of all those concerned, professionally or personally, with the welfare of our school-age population.