“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” ~John Dewey
Dude. Backed up by the NY Times. This should give us some street cred.
Have you played today?
January 7th, 2011 at 11:29
Have I played today? I play EVERY DAY. Right now, I’m in Key West FL for a month. We do not have a car here. The very first thing we did when we arrived was buy ouselves a couple of pedal brake bikes AKA Key West Cruisers. Since the island is flat and just a few miles wide, it’s the perfect place for a couple of sr. citizens to wheel around town. Because everthing is so expensive here, I decided to get creative with outfitting my bike. it now sports a flowered shower cap seat cover to keep my you know what dry and two book clip on lights. For nighttime biking, we are required to have a white one in front and a red one in back, which I colored with a red magic marker. I’ve got a removable basket attached to the handlebars for shopping. All I need now are hand grip streamers. My KW Cruiser gives me transportation and exercise and btw… it’s a perfect hair dryer. I was delighted but puzzeled as to why anyone I pass on the street always wave hello to me until I happily realized that there is a permanant smile on my face whenever I’m on my bike.
There is nothing like PLAY, especially when it is woven into our everyday life. I love that we can learn from children. I am thrilled that both of my grandchildren attend the Community School of West Seattle.
January 7th, 2011 at 16:32
I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying following along with The Living Classroom. Of course, I first signed on to find out what Izzy is up to in her school, but I have gotten so much out of articles and experiences you have shared (and I have shared with others) that I am always excited when I see a new post. I have been advocating play in the classroom for many, many years. It is one of the many reasons I left the public school system because that was taboo. It is a breath of fresh air to see a young person trying to spread the good news. I so want to come visit your school whenever I am able to get out to spend time with the Blair-Chalmers family.
Keep up the great work and thank you for continuing to educate this old educator.
January 7th, 2011 at 19:04
Li nda, I would so love to have you visit. Come on over.
Betsy, I love that you wrote how you’ve played today. And I would love to hear from others. Proof that it’s imperative at any age.
January 7th, 2011 at 19:35
Hi Michelle, was this the article? (the link wasn’t working for me)
January 8th, 2011 at 00:21
That would be the one.
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