Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show.
If you’ve taught for very long, you’ve struggled with the “bored student.” These students might have ADHD or just aren’t engaged through typical classroom experiences. Today’s podcast will give you practical advice for teaching with play. With tips for using play with science, math, writing, and even teacher professional development, play can be part of teaching throughout schools.
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In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Four powerful ways to teach your students with play.
- Several examples of technology and hands-on tools to create a playful learning environment.
- History, writing, math, and teacher professional development examples.
- The research behind why play can be such a powerful tool for teaching.
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Today’s show has a listening guide to help you take notes and to guide you to implement what you learn today in your classroom.
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Today’s Guest: Leanna Prater
Leanna Prater, M.A. Ed., is a District Technology Resource Teacher for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, KY where she conducts professional development and provides supports to educators in instructional technology. She is also a doctoral candidate in Instructional Systems Design in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Kentucky, College of Education.
Host: Vicki Davis
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. Winner of the ISTE Online Learning Award 2006 and Best Talk Show Host in Education 2014 and many Best Teacher Blog awards, Vicki seeks to shine a spotlight on what works in education wherever it happens in the world. Vicki has created more than 30 global collaborative projects, programmed apps with her students, and is now shooting a full-length movie with her digital film class. Read more about her here.
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