The Doucette Library has been abuzz with many students coming in for instruction about interdisciplinary learning and indigenous resources.
My partner in crime, Tammy Flanders, mentioned the other day how difficult it is to get any of these students to “play” with the resources. Of course, the Doucette Library is not only books but also a variety of kits to inspire pre-service teachers to take some hands-on learning into the classroom.
Puppets, circuitry kits, skulls, cells, math manipulatives, games and building materials all have a place on the shelf but even when they are unwrapped and put out purposely for play, even then, students have a hard time picking them up and playing.
What is stopping them from playing? I’m not sure. We have played with a good many items as they come across our desks but, indeed, we also read a considerable number of picture books. In the same way that I feel that you should always read picture books, no matter your age, I also believe that some play every day can be great for your health.
Given the opportunity to play in the library, I would encourage students to take us up on the chance to leave the world behind and play for some of the time. It may re-ignite that passion you had for learning when you were in school and give you a glimpse of how your students will feel when you are teaching and learning with them.
Drop in. Come play. It is an open invitation.