Development and meaning of play

Development and meaning of play

Present what you have learned as a result of investing your time in this course. Use the following process to guide your thinking as you prepare your presentation.

  • Reflect; think back on ‘aha’ moments of the semester.
    • Review reading, discussions, assignments, and Play and Reflect journal entries in each module.
    • Reflect on both previous and current knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. How have your views of play expanded and changed as a result of what you have learned?
    • Examine elements of your learning.
    • Compare; find common threads in the learning as well as relationships between the ways you learned and the learning itself.
    • What else do you want to learn about play? What are your future learning goals related to the topic?
  • Connect your learning to your real-life.
    • How has or will your learning here contributed to the quality of your life and the lives of those whom you are privileged to influence? ( i have two daughters 6months and 11years, i work at a juvenile detention facility if this helps)
    • Consider how you’d complete the statement, “I used to be or think…, and now I…”
    • Show evidence that you have met course learning outcomes.
    • Demonstrate how you have or will applynewly developed knowledge, attitudes, and skills.
  • Present: document and make a case that you have learned, not by a recitation of facts, but in a well considered, convincing, and creatively prepared presentation that can be read, viewed, or otherwise digested within a 5-10 minute time-span and follows criteria outlined in the Learning Presentation Rubric.
  • Attach your presentation within the discussion forum.

Note: presentations can be as unique and creative as you are! It’s your learning; present it in a way that shows it off!

For specific guidelines on how your presentation will be graded, please review the M8 Final Learning Presentation Rubric.



development  meaning of Play book Play, Development, and Early Education




  • Capture a-ha learning from course
  • Demonstrate learning outcome achievement
  • Demonstrate how learning will be applied in personal and/or professional life
  • Set goal(s) for continued learning in, about, and through play

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  • This was each module objective if it helps
  • Describe “what is play?”: What elements must be included in play?
  • Explore play history: How have perceptions and attitudes toward play shifted over the centuries?
  • Analyze play theory as it relates to human development: Who are the primary scholars of play and what did they believe?
  • Set goals to include play in personal life and as one who influences children’s development: Prepare and plan to learn from play itself
  • Explain important contributions play makes to development of humans and other species: How does play help develop physical, social, cognitive, and emotional well-being?
  • Analyze societal issues that affect play:
    • What is the value of active and outdoor play and how can we promote it?
    • Is play fighting normal and/or harmful? Should it be limited? How?
  • Practice observing and assessing children’s development in play: How do children demonstrate developmental stages in play?
  • Investigate how play increases brain capacity in young brains:
    • How do young brains develop?
    • How can play increase brain capacity?
  • Explain the relationship between open-ended play with developing creativity:
    • What are loose parts?
    • How can we promote creative play?
  • Analyze the relationship between challenge and ability: How do we construct play and learning experiences that slightly exceed a child’s ability?
  • Demonstrate how play contributes to learning
    • How does play help children gain social-emotional learning?
    • How does play contribute toward academic success?
  • Practice using play to teach
    • How can adults foster the attitude that learning is fun?
    • How can adults help children develop curiosity?
    • What kinds of objects promote playful learning with words, numbers, and STEM?
    • Analyze influences of differing abilities, gender, family culture, and more on play: How do play experiences vary depending on who is playing?
    • Practice mindfulness to base toy selection and other behaviors promoting plays on individual children’s needs and interests rather than on stereotypical expectations
      • How does increased awareness of how adults influence children’s play help or hinder access to freely chosen play experiences?
      • How can play therapy help children manage issues and aid in physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development?
    • Debate causes, challenges, and solutions regarding fair and equitable play opportunities for all
      • What role does nature vs. nurture have on differences in play?
      • How does the toy/game industry affect play expectations?
      • How do differing play expectations affect children’s choices, experiences, and learning?
      • What efforts are needed to insure fair and equitable play opportunities for all?
        • What helps it be easy for all community members to play?
        • What makes it challenging for all ages to include play in their daily lives?
        • What level of support do you perceive in your own community?
      • Imagine impact of playability on community life and human well-being
        • What could help make your community more playable?
        • What impacts might adding playability bring to your community’s vibrancy, public safety, and social, cultural, intellectual, physical, and economic health?

Examine adolescent brain development research

    • How do adolescent brains differ from younger children and adults?
    • How does play differ in adolescence?
    • What impacts do brain differences have on risk, decision-making, and play?
  • Analyze contributions play makes to healthy identity development
    • How do adolescents develop a sense of identity and why does it matter?
    • What role does play have in shaping how adolescents see and think about themselves?
  • Weigh costs and benefits regarding adolescent development, social media, and tech play
    • What are perceptions and realities of the impact of technology and social media on today’s adolescents?
    • How should parents, teachers, and other concerned adults react to teen use of technology?
    • Shape strategies to build a playful lifestyle throughout each stage of adulthood
      • How can adults make time for and commit to play?
      • How does play change as one ages?
      • What is the impact of a playful lifestyle in each stage of adulthood?
    • Practice advocacy by creating a plan to promote some aspect of play to a specified target audience
      • What aspect of play do you value most and is most important for you to promote and advocate for?
      • For what target audience (and decision-makers affecting that audience) can play advocacy produce the most benefit?
      • What persuasive strategies and information will convince decision-makers to implement your plan?
    • Compose a summary that convincingly demonstrates new learning from this course: What have you learned and how will you apply that learning to positively influence the quality of life for yourself and others in your personal and professional life?

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