The Play's the Thing: Teachers' Roles in Children's Play / Edition 1

The Play's the Thing: Teachers' Roles in Children's Play / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Jones, Gretchen Reynolds, Gretchen Reynolds
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807731714

ISBN-13: 9780807731710

Pub. Date: 04/01/1992

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, the authors have extensively revised their groundbreaking book. They explain how and why play is a critical part of children's development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This classic textbook and popular practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the…  See more details below

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Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, the authors have extensively revised their groundbreaking book. They explain how and why play is a critical part of children's development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This classic textbook and popular practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play, including those of stage manager, mediator, player, scribe, assessor, communicator, and planner. This new edition has been expanded to include significant developments in the broadening landscape of early learning and care, such as assessment, diversity and culture, intentional teaching, inquiry, and the construction of knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807731710
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
04/01/1992
Series:
Early Childhood Education Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Settings
Why Play?
Teacher Roles
1Understanding and Supporting Children's Play1
Stages in Play1
Stages in Representation7
The Content of Play9
Master Players10
But What Do I Do While They're Playing?12
2Teacher as Stage Manager15
Clarifying Figure-Ground Relationships16
Providing Enough Props20
Providing Enough Time23
3Teacher as Mediator26
Teaching Conflict-Resolution Skills26
Complicating Play to Keep It Safe28
Problem Solving to Sustain Play30
4Teacher as Player34
"Call Mikey"34
"Don't Let the Babies Die"35
Shopping at Fedco36
Picnic38
"Can X-Ray See This Lady?"39
Why Teachers Play40
5Teacher Behavior That Interrupts Play43
Interrupting for One's Own Pleasure in Play43
Interrupting to Teach Rules49
Interrupting to Teach Concepts51
Building on Children's Play54
6Teacher as Scribe57
Representing Children's Play58
Sharing Representations with Children60
Stimulating Writing as Play and Communication64
Writing Can Be Read65
7Teacher as Assessor and Communicator70
Assessment as Part of Planning71
Can I Learn to Appreciate Him More?72
Building on a Child's Strengths75
Who Is This Child?76
Communicating to Parents and Other Adults78
Communicating to Children83
Accountability: How Do We Know They're Learning?86
8Teacher as Planner89
Emergent Curriculum90
Looking at the Environment91
Naming Children's Play Scripts94
Introducing a New Theme95
Planning for Literacy as a Play Script101
Play-Debrief-Replay103
9Paying Attention to Play106
Supporting Children Who Have Not Yet Mastered Play106
Supporting Master Players108
Teacher Role Development112
A Place in the World for Children115
10A Sense of the Past and the Future118
The Logic of Human Relationships119
Stories, Images, and the Creation of Culture122
Teacher as Keeper of Metaphor123
From Here and Now to There and Then: Building Bridges of Meaning127
References131
Index137
About the Authors144

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