The 21st century way to quality education involves opportunities for our students to develop their communication skills, work collaboratively, think critically, develop their creativity, become global citizens and promote character education for being.
New parents, along with our early childhood teachers had the opportunity to experience what quality education is. After completing the challenge of building the tallest tower using big blocks capable of balancing a large wooden block, our reflections captured the authentic learning opportunity to include:
The use of our communication skills as we articulated our ideas and listened carefully to one another.
Our work together which emphasized interdependency as well as interpersonal and team-related skills. Critical thinking as we questioned, filtered and analyzed different ideas to manage the information presented to us.
Our creativity as we developed something new while utilizing our prior knowledge about balance, weight and the way things work together.
The sense of citizenship as we demonstrated our appreciation for the engagement and diverse values which contributed to the solution of a complex challenge.An emphasis on character education where we displayed qualities of being caring and contributing participants.
Our conclusion: Play is quality education. When we delve into the complexities of play, we come to understand that children in play are engaged in higher levels of thinking. Not only are they constructing their understanding about the world, but they are applying and adapting what is learnt.
Students are developing their flexibility as well as thinking critically and creativity as they are exposed to the perspectives of others and learn to negotiate in different situations. Play is the way our children learn.