“Who wants to play a game?”
Almost all hands go up in the air when the teacher asks this. I know from experience that kids, well some adults as well, find learning through play interesting and motivating. Explaining a concept through imaginative and playful ways sure is tiring for the teacher but is an effective way to deliver the lesson. Like all the other lessons, a play based approach should be planned and thought of.
While further evidence is needed on the cause and effect between play and learning, some studies show that quality play is valuable.
Compared to a traditional direct teaching, incorporating play with intentional teaching promotes positive attitude. Student interaction and engagement are also high. Social skills like working in a group, resolving conflicts, sharing ideas and even negotiation are also promoted in play based learning. Communication, creativity and imagination and even emotional skills are developed as well.
Speaking from experience, incorporating play in my lessons have not only motivated my students but helped them focus on our learning goal, “mission” as we call them. What about you? Have you tried this approach before? Let us know in the comments below.