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Teachers and Parents Play to Learn

by Denise Parker
July/August 2010
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Play is fun!
Babes, toddlers, preschoolers and senior-citizens do it.
At every stage of life man plays.
Play is important!

Play is so important that it is declared as one of the human rights by the United Nations. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002) made this declaration at the General Assembly in 1959. In the seventh principle it proclaims:

The child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation, which should be directed to the same purposes as education; society and the public authorities shall endeavor to promote the enjoyment of this right.

Play has global impact, political clout, and is fun. And although the proclamation is focused on children, play does not stop there.

Play is not just for children

In the 1990s I designed and facilitated a blended curriculum for a Head Start Program. The instructional goal was to introduce and get the children to effectively and independently use computers. This opportunity arose out of a grant from The Children’s Museum (TCM) of Indianapolis. The grant focus-ed on computer literacy and technical training for Head Start program staff. In keeping with the Head Start philosophy, it stipulated training for the instructional staff, volunteers, custodial parents, and legal guardians so ...

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