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Play Is An Important Part of Learning

A century ago, psychologist Lev Vygotsky said, “In play, a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior; in play, it is as though he were a head taller than himself.” We usually refer to children when talking about play, and it is important for older students, even adults, to pretend. Simulations games, or acting out a historical photo, or bartering for a cupcake in a foreign language helps students see, touch, and feel the curriculum. One empathizes, negotiates, explores, makes choices, and learning improves through play. Play is "action" in learning and follows hope and precedes the inspiration or the "ah-ha" moment which is the intrinsic reward - or the "fun" of play.

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