Presenter Information / Informacion del presentador

Carol McGuinness, Queen's University BelfastFollow

Speaker's Country of Origin

Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Location

RDB 2001

Start Date

19-5-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

19-5-2018 11:30 AM

Presentation Type / Tipo de propuesta

Featured Workshop

Description / Descripción

The importance of play for children’s development is widely recognised. Nevertheless, the quality of play in early years classrooms can be problematic, often lacking in richness, challenge and adventure, with teachers not being clear what their role in play should be – if any.

This interactive workshop will explore a set of ‘tools’ that focuses on how early years teachers can advance” thinking challenges” through play while at the same time maintaining children’s interest and curiosity. Practical examples of these tools, e.g., using thinking vocabulary, engaging in dialogic exchanges, and using thinking organisers playfully, will be illustrated, and their theoretical origins explained. The focus will be on cultivating thinking more explicitly through the disposition of playfulness rather than through the activity of play itself.

Audience / Audiencia

Teachers: Early Childhood / Primera Infancia, Teachers: K-5

Available for download on Friday, May 25, 2018

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May 19th, 10:30 AM May 19th, 11:30 AM

Playful Thinking in Action: Tools for Cultivating Children's Thinking

RDB 2001

The importance of play for children’s development is widely recognised. Nevertheless, the quality of play in early years classrooms can be problematic, often lacking in richness, challenge and adventure, with teachers not being clear what their role in play should be – if any.

This interactive workshop will explore a set of ‘tools’ that focuses on how early years teachers can advance” thinking challenges” through play while at the same time maintaining children’s interest and curiosity. Practical examples of these tools, e.g., using thinking vocabulary, engaging in dialogic exchanges, and using thinking organisers playfully, will be illustrated, and their theoretical origins explained. The focus will be on cultivating thinking more explicitly through the disposition of playfulness rather than through the activity of play itself.