When you think of play, what comes to mind? Perhaps you recall childhood memories of playing “the floor is lava.” Maybe you reminisce about that special toy you got for Christmas that one year. Or you remember playing dress-up while wearing oversized heels and skirts raided from the closet.
As you scour the internet for ideas to support digital learning, and more specifically digital project-based learning (PBL), you’re likely to come across articles titled “30 Awesome Design Challenges for Kids” or “Free STEM Activity Calendar” or “25 Real-World Problems to Engage Students in PBL.”
As disruptive as COVID-19 is, I am also struck by the extraordinary things happening across the country. First, I learned that the auto industry in my region was retooling to build ventilators, and then I saw the video of Tesla’s engineers working to develop ventilators from car parts.
Since 2017, I have read my way through 40–45 books by setting a goal using the Reading Challenges on Goodreads. With a 45-minute commute that reading has usually taken the form of listening to audiobooks (I’ve found that more valuable to me than the radio or music). Over the past month or so, my commute has been significantly shorter as I have taken the 20 steps from my bedroom to my temporary office.
At the beginning of each school year, teachers spend considerable time cultivating relationships with and between students. That up-front investment is well worth the community they create.