Why do we remember tiny details about the games we play, but can rarely recall details about worksheets we’ve completed?
Is it just a matter of how invested we are in the present activity?
Is it because our bodies are more engaged when we play?
Is it because no one wants to hear stories about the worksheets we’ve filled out, but will gladly swap stories about games? Is that why we remember them…so that we can retell them?
Play has a kind of order and structure to it, one that lends itself to good stories. There is sequence. There is cause and effect. But there is also chaos, which make things very interesting.
Do we remember the things we learn when we play because there is an element of surprise, there is excitement in not knowing what comes next?
How can we create an environment in our schools that feels more like real life?
Completing a series of worksheets, readings, and tests feels so contrived. Like a sad little shadow of life. But how can play and surprise take on a role in our learning process without introducing complete chaos?
How do we as educators create the balance between spontaneity and structure?
Ah, the things that keep me up at night.