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Learning Through Play - Teacher's Articles

For Students Raised on iPods, Lessons in Bridge

Schools see mental and social benefits in the game of Bridge (NY Times)...more

A Box? Or a Spaceship? What Makes Kids Creative

Creativity in American kids is rapidly declining as rote learning and testing crowd out less structured academic activities....more



Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School

New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire....more

The Four Secrets of Playtime That Foster Creative Kids

Our world is increasingly filled with play that makes kids passive consumers instead of active creators. Here's how we can change that....more

Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire

Meet an inspirational "mathemusician" whose audacious career ambition is to math cool!...more

It's How You Play the Game: An Israeli school where children learn by playing games

A failing Israeli school turns things around with a unique game-based teaching approach...more

The Creativity Crisis

The Creativity Crisis: For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it....more

What Would Walt Disney Learn in School Today?

In today's high-stakes testing environment, are creative thought leaders like Walt Disney supported, or stifled?...more

The Power of Play

Constructivist play can be the best use of instructional time, contributing to deep, important, and “real” learning that lasts. ...more

Playing to Learn

Current test-driven classroom instruction does not support children's developmental need to learn through meaningful play experiences....more

Is Children's Play Innate?

When contemporary educators reduce playtime, they may be frustrating an innate need....more

School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior

Study finds that classroom behavior improves when elementary students are given at least 15 minutes of recess daily....more

Let Them Play

A veteran Kindergarten teacher reminds us of the vital importance of play & the learning benefits lost when free play is squeezed out...more

The 3 R’s? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess

New research suggests that unstructured play time may be as important to a child’s academic experience as reading, science and math....more

Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them

New research in cognitive neuroscience helps clarify when young brains are best able to grasp fundamental mathematical concepts....more

Game Club After School Program a Big Success in Maryland!

A game-based after school program teaches social skills and problem solving!...more

ThinkFun Games Teach across Grades at Armbrae Academy!

A Canadian school incorporates game play into all classrooms, challenging and delighting students at all levels!...more

ThinkFun Games Build Pride and Self-Confidence in Strategies Lab

A school's Strategies Lab program uses ThinkFun games to help kids practice problem solving and talking about their thinking....more

ThinkFun Games Engage Every Type of Learner!

A second grade teacher shares her success bringing ThinkFun games into the classroom and giving her students a ew challenge....more

ThinkFun’s GridWorks Game Enriches a High School Math Class Curriculum!

ThinkFun's GridWorks (now reinvented as Chocolate Fix) helps reinforce math skills in a high school Algebra classroom....more

ThinkFun Games Ignite Minds in a 7th Grade Math Class!

A teacher describes how classroom games provide new avenues for learners to succeed and build confidence!...more

A 5th Grade Math Teacher Uses Games to Motivate All Learners!

A teacher discusses the powerful learning that comes with integrating game play into the classroom...more

Sharpen Students' Thinking Skills with Brainteaser Puzzles!

A high school math teacher explains why begining each class with a brainteaser gets students ready to learn!...more

Problem Solvers Unite to Tackle the 36 Cube Challenge!

A teacher shares her experience challenging students to take on the 36 Cube puzzle. Here she describes the way her students rose to the challenge...more

Playing MathDice Makes Math Learning Fun!

A gifted specialist introduces MathDice to a middle school classroom and reignites students' enthusisam for math!...more

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