Wonder, Purpose and Joy
Ava, a New Haven public school teacher for over two decades, is relieved to create a classroom where children choose when, where and with whom to work each morning. Her second grade classroom options includes molding clay, a magnifying glass and some bugs, a block corner and even a drama center. “This is how we used to teach, “ she tells us, “before we forgot that kids were kids.”
This summer Gesell has partnered with New Haven teachers from around the district to co-create classrooms infused with joy, purpose and wonder for nearly
The center-based classrooms that the teachers created use Wondering
At Gesell we believe in the power of play. What looks like child’s play is in fact complex. The magic of teaching happens in that place where we bring the joy, wonder and purpose together with the work of building essential skills and engaging with core content. Learning can be fun and play is the perfect way not only to grow skills and engage with content but also to practice how to inquire, create, debate and dissect.
During the month of July children will arrive to these classrooms, ready to put this pedagogy of play into action. Stay tuned for dispatches from the classroom and follow this blog to hear more from the teachers and children taking this summer adventure in play with Gesell.