What are our roles as early childhood teachers during children’s play?
In our work, we first redefined play. By developing categories of play, we were able to link play experiences to different types of learning including the development of transdisciplinary skills as well as the dispositions of the IB learner profile and attitudes. However in order to support the learning taking place, we needed to understand our roles as early childhood teachers.
- How do we assess student learning taking place through play?
By uncovering our multiple facilitative roles during children’s play, we have come to understand that focused observations done in a systemic manner is an essential element of our work as early childhood teachers. Developing the skill to make observations enable us to gather evidence of student learning so that we can build on student strengths, take and relaunch cues from students to better meet their learning needs and interests and design play opportunities to challenge and extend our students.