This post from Solid Ground talks about traditional reports and argues that we may not need them anymore - especially with the technology advancements in technology. A blog? a website? even a printed out record of in school learning provide a better picture of a child's learning more than any report can. It comes down to being brave enough to make that change I think...
Why play-based learning? by Early Childhood AustraliaAll really good points and perhaps the following definition offers us a clearer guideline.
Defining ‘play’While there is no one definition of play, there are a number of agreed characteristics that describe play. Play can be described as:
- pleasurable-play is an enjoyable and pleasurable activity. Play sometimes includes frustrations, challenges and fears; however enjoyment is a key feature
- symbolic-play is often pretend, it has a ‘what if?’ quality. The play has meaning to the player that is often not evident to the educator
- active-play requires action, either physical, verbal or mental engagement with materials, people, ideas or the environment
- voluntary-play is freely chosen. However, players can also be invited or prompted to play
- process oriented-play is a means unto itself and players may not have an end or goal in sight
- self motivating-play is considered its own reward to the player (Shipley, 2008)