Hack 6: Please Put Play Back In the School Day. Innovating, aligning, and providing time for play and learning. #HackingEarlyLearning


When did play became the forbidden four-letter word in school? With academic expectations and standardized testing becoming more and more prioritized at younger and younger ages it is important to be armed with information that address the critical importance of having both high expectations and play in all grades.



  1. What are your own memories of play in the early grades?
  2. How can you explain to community members, administrators, and educators in the upper grades about the importance of play in student’s school day?
  3. In what ways can you carve out time in the instructional day for moments and opportunities for student-directed play?



Anna Dutke

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