I was on a long road trip recently and had quite a bit of time for teacher PD. I have loved listening and learning from Zaretta Hammond, the author behind Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. This video is about 20 minutes, but is so worth taking a moment to tune in. So much great info packed in!
Something she shared really stood out to me.
“Only the learner learns…We have to create environments that are stimulating to children, that allows them to use play as their learning because that's what the brain wants to do.”
I don't know about you, but as a young student, I really didn't find much value in learning social studies. I recall looking at the daily schedule on the white board and dreading the upcoming time set aside for social studies. But something changed for me, because I eventually came to truly love the subject. For me, it was making connections, having time for inquiry, and finding value in what I was learning.