Jan Christensen

Jan Christensen

I am specialized in online facilitation and have been exploring different ways for training teachers online both at the University of Southern Denmark and at the LEGO Foundation.

Location Denmark

Activity

  • It is totally normal to be confused sometimes. I hope the votes and comments from your fellow learners helped!

  • Check out the reply from Mansi Prajapati (19 March). And thanks for checking with your peer learners, Drasti. Reaching a conclusion is based on the dialogue between the people observing the same activity. There is no right or wrong answer.

  • Good points on how Exploring can show itself in many different ways.

  • Good observation. Note that children will up and down the curve through an activity. We are curious to understand how deep they go but also what may have changed a shift in interest or agency, In this possibly the way the father intervenes.

  • Good point. What could the father have done to ensure that Gustave experience agency?

  • Good luck. Pls come back and share how it went

  • Good point Antonio. As we were filming the activity for this training the teacher did not interfere to allow for us to observe the characteristics of play (at play). But normally, he would move around the class and be observing group dynamics.

  • Great points. Thank you Maria

  • That is a good point Helen. We will typically see the children move up and down the states of play during an activity but a facilitator should be ready to support if the children are no longer in flow.

  • That is a good point Manthy.

  • This is a good point Emma. In these videos we only see a snippet of a longer session and do not know these children the same way their teacher does.

  • Determining states of play can be tricky but will get much easier with practice.

  • Link is working now. Apologies for the trouble

  • LEGO House is a great experience for all ages. If ever in Billund, Denmark, do plan for a day there

  • LEGO elements are a great manipulative but you can learn through play with all sorts of materials (and without any materials too)

  • That is good to hear. If curious about more ways of applying learning through play in the classroom pls consider our short 'Social Learning and Collaboration in School' course as well (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/social-learning-collaboration-in-school)

  • That is great to read. Keep up the good work

  • Children are born with the natural ability and curiosity to learn about the world through play, but a critical requirement is that children must experience agency and be supported rather than directed.

  • Good luck Manthy

  • Thank you for flagging Emma. I fully recognise this feeling but it's gets a lot easier quite fast if you start to apply the mindset.

  • Hi Krushnal, it can be challenging to determine the state of play why we recommend being more people to observe and discuss the experience and determine a likely state of play as a group

  • Frustration and joy can definitely exist in the same experience if you struggle to solve a challenge and then break through.

  • Lovely comment. I could not agree more

  • Thank you for sharing Kevin. You are not the first to be surprised by this as playful learning can be very frustrating too at times

  • Thank you Martina. All children are you unique as you correctly state why the learning through play experience tool looks at the individual child and her/his behavior

  • Hi Nana and welcome. Placing play at the heart of learning can produce a lifelong love of learning as well as better mental health and more resilience.

  • Hi Saher and welcome! Your experience here will help our other learners and we’re sure you’ll get some nice fun ideas for your structured play times

  • Hello Syede and welcome! Your insights from working with special needs kids will benefit us all here!

  • Welcome to our learning space Bianca

  • Hi Jason and welcome, we’re sure you’re going to take away some great ideas

  • Hello Zhansaya and welcome! We hope this is useful for you.

  • Welcome Farida. Your insights will benefit us all here!

  • Hello Allison and welcome, we are sure you’re going to enjoy learning here!

  • Thank you for making a "stop" to do this course, Hannah. We are glad to have you here. Safe travels

  • Hello Olaoluwa and welcome to our learning space!

  • Hello Ariane and welcome, we’re so glad you chose to join us!

  • So good to have you here. Welcome Marcus

  • Hello Maru and welcome, we are sure you’ll find support here for your goal.

  • Hello Mariana! Learning through play is the most natural and engaging way for children to learn to them why we need to understand its powers better. Welcome

  • Hello Milagros and welcome to the course!

  • Welcome Yaroslava. We are so glad to have you with us and are sure that you’re going to enjoy learning here!

  • Hi Shannon and welcome, we are looking forward to hearing how you can apply the tool in your daily practice. Welcome

  • Hello Anh and welcome to the course! We hope this is helpful for your professional development goals!

  • So good to have you here Lucy. Welcome

  • We could not agree more Jasina. Welcome to the course

  • Hello Carla and welcome, we are sure you’ll find support here for both goals

  • Hello Soumia and welcome to our course. We are sure you’re going to learn a lot from this course and your fellow learners.