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How play fits into social and emotional learning

from Scholastic Administration Magazine

It has long puzzled me that educators frequently fail to connect play with social and emotional learning. Consider something as simple as a game of foursquare. For kids to keep the game going, they have to practice social and emotional skills. They must learn to follow and create rules, settle conflicts, notice and manage emotions when their turns are over, support and include other students, and set goals and learn from failure. The same is true of make-believe, soccer or tag. As researchers from the University of Southern California's Brain and Creativity Institute write, emotions, logical reasoning and body sensations are not opposed to each other. Instead, they are the joint infrastructure that supports students' thoughts, and all contribute to learning. more


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