Reinstating P.L.A.Y. Pedagogy in Early Elementary Classrooms: Purposeful Learning Accentuating Yourself

By Jodie Riek.

Published by The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: January 5, 2015 $US5.00

It not only describes what a play-based curriculum means, but also what it could look like in an early years elementary classroom which addresses Common Core State Standards. A new definition of play is provided: Purposeful Learning Accentuating Yourself, and a top ten action list for educators to advocate and practice play-based curriculum in their classrooms.

Keywords: Play, Early Childhood, Curriculum, Learning, Pedagogy

The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 22, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 598.700KB)).

Jodie Riek

Graduate Teaching Assistant / PhD Student, Human Development and Family Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA

Jodie has been involved in Early Childhood Education for more than twenty years, through a diverse range of education environments including childcare, elementary education, vocational education and higher education. In 1992, she began her career in early childhood education in Australia, her birth country, as an assistant in a childcare center, and for the next eleven years, she worked in various teaching and management positions within the sector, including owning her own childcare center. Transitioning in 2005, she began working full time as an adult trainer, teaching early childhood in-service workshops to practicing professionals. In the years that followed she worked for the state department of education, Education Queensland, employed as a classroom teacher, as well as undertaking the roles of Teacher-Librarian, Digital Pedagogy Coach and Head of Mentoring. Most recently, Jodie completed a Masters degree in Educational Technology at Oklahoma State University, and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies. She is currently employed as a graduate teaching assistant, providing instruction in Math and Science in Early Childhood, as well as Student Teaching in Early Childhood. Jodie’s interest areas are improving teacher quality and restoring play pedagogy in early years elementary classrooms.