Let them play

I covered a class for another teacher today and was reminded how important it is for kids to have unstructured structure.

Now, these kids are seventh graders, and I usually teach tenth; a big age difference.

They finished their assigned work and enjoyed my room. I have magnetic poetry all over my front blackboard from about six girls arranging and rearranging words to form sentences while discussing whether or not what they had put together was really a sentence.

Another group was discussing the previous magnetic musings of some of my previous students, now juniors and seniors. What did this word mean? Why did they write it that way? I was impressed to see them using reading comprehension strategies in such a flexible way – outside of an English classroom.
Two separate impromptu study groups formed for science and math classes.

I have to find ways to provide structured opportunities for my kids to play more.

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