Play's the Thing Teachers' Roles in Children's Play

ISBN-10: 080775241X
ISBN-13: 9780807752418
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 9/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

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.

Foreword to the First Edition
Foreword to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Settings
Why Play?
Teacher Roles
Understanding and Supporting Children's Play
Stages of Play
Modes of Representation
The Content of Play
Master Players
But What Do I Do While They're Playing?
Teacher as Stage Manager
Clarifying Figure-Ground Relationships
Providing Enough Props
Providing Enough Time
Teacher as Mediator
Teaching Conflict-Resolution Skills
Complicating Play to Keep It Safe
Problem-Solving to Sustain Play
Teacher as Player
"Call Mikey"
"Don't Let the Babies Die"
Shopping at the Superstore
Picnic
The Fish Camp
Why Teachers Play
Teacher Behavior That Interrupts Play
Interrupting for One's Own Pleasure in Play
Interrupting to Teach Rules
Interrupting to Teach Concepts
Building on Children's Play
Teacher as Scribe
Representing Children's Play
Sharing Representations with Children
Stimulating Writing as Play and Communication
Writing Can Be Read
Teacher as Assessor and Communicator
Assessment as Part of Planning
Can I Learn to Appreciate This Child More?
Building on a Child's Strengths
Who Is This Child?
Communicating to Parents and Other Adults
Communicating to Children
Accountability: How Do We Know They're Learning?
Teacher as Planner
Emergent Curriculum
Looking at the Environment
Naming Children's Playscripts
Introducing a New Topic
Planning for Literacy as a Playscript
Play-Debrief-Replay
Playing Attention to Play
Supporting Children Who Have Not Yet Mastered Play
Supporting Master Players
Teacher Role Development
A Place in the World for Children
A Sense of the Past and the Future
The Logic of Human Relationships
Stories, Images, and the Creation of Culture
Teacher as Keeper of Metaphor
From Here and Now to There and Then: Building Bridges of Meaning
References
Index
About the Authors

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