What Does Play Look Like in Our Schools?

When we think about play in our schools, what first comes to mind? Usually our mind initially goes to kids playing on the playground at recess. But I challenge you to think about what play looks like among our adults in our schools. If you are having trouble imaging this, think about what would it look like if you played more often with your staff?

In Chapter 10 of Onward, Elena Aguilar six ways that leaders can bring noncompetitive, low-risk play into meetings. Here are a few of those ways:

  1. Have teachers share the ways they like to play. Consider ways to incorporate those into meetings. You will have already identified activity leaders.
  2. Provide clay, play dough, or putty in supply boxes. I love Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty because it doesn’t dry out and feels really good to play with. When our hands can fidget and explore something while we’re learning or talking, our ideas are better.
  3. Include a game from improvisational theater as a community builder or grounding activity. One of my favorites is Zip Zap Zip. It always gets people laughing.