The Play's the Thing: Teachers' Roles in Children's Play (2nd ed.)

Elizabeth Jones & Gretchen Reynolds
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Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, Jones and Reynolds explain how and why play is a critical part of children’s development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This classic textbook and popular practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play, including those of stage manager, mediator, player, scribe, assessor, communicator, and planner. From Teachers College Press. 

 “Playful learning offers educators a plan for creating fun and engaging pedagogies that support rich curricula....And this book offers magnificent descriptions and evidence-based examples of how teachers can pave this new road and create a climate for learning via play.” 

— From the foreword by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff