Leaders who demonstrate a continual desire to learn and connect whenever possible help set a precedence of transparency and innovation in a school’s culture.
Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.
What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build … and a zip line.
At Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, children spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. Instead of math or literacy requirements, they focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play.
An exhibit designer at the Boston Children’s Museum says kids are ‘natural scientists,’ and she wants to create experiences that cater to them.
The decline in time children have for free play could be tied to increased levels of depression and acute anxiety among young people.
Letting kids play freely this summer could be the most important thing a parent does to improve academic outcomes next year.
Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education. His father, Peter Gray, who’s a developmental psychologist, watched his son thrive and began seeking to understand how children learned in such a setting, and what lessons could be drawn from it.
Aside from keeping obesity at bay and providing a way to blow off steam, daily physical exercise has benefits that go beyond getting out the wiggles. But despite this, and many other benefits, finding time for recess has been a big hurdle for many schools.