Is there educational value in play?

Child development experts are beginning to reexamine whether the role of play in the learning process may be more important than was originally thought. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that “play (or some available free time in the case of older children and adolescents) is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.”

Dr. Stuart Brown, the foremost authority on play behavior in the U.S., contends that play makes us smarter in the sense that it enables us to process new information, adapt to new situations, and handle complex social interactions better than …

Top 10 reasons to use games in the classroom

This article was originally published at It’s how you play the game! and is reprinted with permission, by McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds.

According to TESOL which provides the standard, international qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages / teaching English as a foreign language, there are 10  advantages to using games in the classroom including:

1. Games provide a break from the normal class routine.

2. Games can be extremely motivating and challenging for students of all ages.

3. Games help students to make the effort of learning.

4. Games provide crucial practice in speaking, writing, listening …