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Playful Learning: Putting Play to Work In the Classroom

3 Credits
From first steps to alphabets, all children are born with a natural inclination to learn. Although most educators are familiar with the merits of play, many schools struggle to put play to work for classroom learning. This fully online course will introduce teachers to playful pedagogies that support academic learning at any level. Play-oriented lessons provide students with opportunities to imagine, create, ask questions, take risks, and collaborate. Participants in this course will learn how to infuse their classrooms with play-based practices that foster student curiosity, motivation, and enjoyment. All of the readings and activities included in this course support the Common Core Standards and the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This course may be taken with or without students. Course text is included in the course.

This course is applicable towards the Student Engagement Certificate.

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Candi Reimer

As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.