Replicating Earl Grey Tea
We all want our schools to be successful. So, when we see something working really well at one school there’s a tendency to want to replicate it somewhere else. But how do we do that? Is there a guaranteed way to ensure success?
Permit me to digress for just a moment into the world of science fiction …
Star Wars is the standard by which all other movies are measured. Agreed. However, I HAVE been known to watch the occasional Star Trek TV episode. How cool was their food replicator on their starships? You could produce any food or drink item just by asking the replicator computer to make it. Poof! Instant ice cream sundae, chocolate cake or Earl Grey tea.
- No more cooking.
- No more wasted time cleaning.
- Instant replication of something you really like.
Sort of like “Why did the chicken cross the road”? Maybe the better question should be “UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES did the duck cross the road”?
I think you’ll enjoy this 27 second video — the German voice over isn’t relevant — just watch the ducks and the traffic signal:
I’ve watched it a few times trying to figure out what the actual stimulus was for the lead duck — it certainly appears like he recognizes the light change. Regardless, once the right conditions were in place — in other words, a safe environment to take the risk of crossing the road — every duck took the leap of faith and walked.
“Skills can be developed through play.”
One guess. Where is this quote from? It’s not from a playground company, sportswear company or even a community rec centre.
If you guessed BC’s revised curriculum you’d be correct!
It’s a critical pillar of the learning paradigm for primary students within our current BC Curriculum. Play is recognized as a critical mode of learning for developing key skills — things like problem solving, collaboration, listening, teamwork, empathy and understanding. These things are essential if we’re hoping to help build our children’s opportunities for success as they enter into an increasingly complex world of inter-relationships.
Playing = Learning
The importance of play in positive mental health can also not be overstated.
Let me explain …