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#REFLECT31 - Day 28

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath

It’s Saturday and time to have fun with the family. It’s was the first day in a while that we haven’t touched work. We haven’t talked about lesson plans or the PLN or even what needed to get done. We just played. The kids jumped into the pool over and over again and Tatum our youngest, stuck by my side watching them. Then something clicked and it was beautiful to watch, we’ve been working on teaching her to swim and she was dog paddling short distances then in a split second she followed her big sister’s lead jumped off the pool steps and swam under the water. She literally took off and swam to the other side of the pool all on her own. She had it and there was no looking back. There was lots of smiling and laugher, so much fun and her confidence was off the charts, truly proud of her little four year old self.

There are a lot being written about the power of play and fun in the classroom. Take a minute to check out Quinn Rollins: Play Like a Pirate he’s a ton of fun on twitter too (@jedikermit). Additionally here are a few articles, Let the Kids Learn Through Play , Game Based Learning is Playing for Keeps, 8 Play Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning and Imagine This: Creative Play and 21st Century Learning.

We have to ask, how have you made room for fun and playing in your classroom? How have you managed the fun and how do plan to implement fun, play and laughter into this year’s instructional plan?

We hope you are having blast this weekend!

Wishing you Joy and Laughter,

Laura and Matt


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