Play as 'acting out one's capacity for the future'

As I write this, many of us are on lockdown due to COVID-19: the coronavirus that has been reported in most countries all over the world. This disease is still spreading quickly. In the middle of all this, one of the most common phrases being used in the media about the future is this: “ItContinue reading “Play as 'acting out one's capacity for the future'”

‘You’re Just Less Orderly’: A Letter to Stuart Lester

Stuart Lester was the recipient of an unwritten letter of gratitude I had been carrying in my thoughts. Today was Stuart’s funeral. I can’t give him that letter any more. So the following is my way of writing that letter.  And, as most letters of gratitude are, it is (uncomfortably) as much a letter aboutContinue reading “‘You’re Just Less Orderly’: A Letter to Stuart Lester”

What did you learn today?

In the past four weeks, I have had the opportunity to facilitate two interesting learning experiences, both positioned as “how-to” sessions. My co-learners were: 32 adults who work as planners and strategists at creative agencies (at Planning-ness 2013), and Twelve 6th through 8th graders and three adults from the Brookwood K-8 School To prepare for both,Continue reading “What did you learn today?”

Keep Calm and Avoid Biscuits

One of the biggest take-aways from playworker Marc Armitage’s March talk at the Providence Children’s Museum– part of his “Keep Calm and Play On” tour– concerned Vygotsky, the Russian theorist who died in 1931.  Armitage said that Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development (ZPD), what is contemporarily known as scaffolding, really focused not on “adult guidance”Continue reading “Keep Calm and Avoid Biscuits”

The Scared is Scared

Young director Bianca Giaever finished the Scared is Scared a few weeks before she graduated from Middlebury College. The film’s direction and main narrative comes from a conversation Bianca had with a six-year-old named Asa Baker-Rouse, who walked Bianca through a storyline ostensibly “about” a mouse and a bear. Bianca took that conversation, meshed it with her ownContinue reading “The Scared is Scared”