"For children, play is at the heart of early understandings about the natural world, mathematical concepts, literacy, and social and emotional competence." - From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers' Play to Children's Learning
I am a huge fan of curtains as agile walls - they can be opened rapidly, they work when partly opened and if there are two layers they soak up sound very effectively. But they also provide a terrific projection surface - as seen here
Stukje uit de lezing van Sugata Mitra, over zijn project "hole in the wall", en hoe kinderen leren zonder echt een leerkracht nodig te hebben.
If worksheets aren't engaging your students, it's time for project-based learning.
Blue School Feature CNN: Challenging traditional education-they are certain that nurturing the human spirit is as essential as learning to read. Emphasis on collaboration, creativity, social emotional learning and the curiosity that leads to adventure. Children at the heart of learning-they decide what they want to learn (Ex. tornadoes) and then artfully weave in many subjects. Kids need to have risk, the opportunity for failure, to create something singular and linking it to the…
Trailer "Schools of Trust" (documentary about democratic schools) - Democratic Schools are based on the basic assumption that students are curios and love to learn. The students on Democratic Schools have the right to decide how, when and what they want to learn. They have also a huge amount of rights to participate in the decision making process within the school. (http://schule-des-lebens-hamburg.de/vertrauen-ins-lernen)