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The Scientist

http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/57967/

Royal Society Publishing/ Blackawton Bees

http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2010/12/18/rsbl.2010.1056

http://f1000.com/7345956?key=vp8v08k27pbrg


To All Concerned with the Advancement of Learning Culture Transformation whereby communication and energy polarities are reversed, and systems of learning are re-shaped in the image and spirit of the young.

The above research, as well as its underlying vision of play and a process that directly involved young learners, represents, in my view, the vanguard of applied brain science in education. I invite you to read the original paper published by the Royal Society’s Biology Letters, especially the background narrative which focuses on the central role of play in learning. While the Puppetools project has demonstrated the emotional and motivational benefits of play in the classroom, and established important benchmarks (the invention of a universal, play-based learning language; measured the effect of play in the brain’s blood and oxygen levels using brain-imaging), this new research makes an exceptional leap. In the course of scientific research, it demonstrates play’s evolutionary role as an organizing principle: children become self-directed as adults guide and support them through the process. The net result is learning that takes on a life of its own. In addition to knowledge about bees, we learn that as human beings we share movement and capacities that emulate the bee’s productive, self-organizing and selective ability to make sense of the world. If we humans are relatively smart and amply -fed creatures, we have the bee, in large part, to thank. If we want to move the world’s classrooms out of the factory paradigm, this research tells us that play is the pathway. But the practical key to advancing awareness and application of play-based learning, as Puppetools has been pointing to for several decades now, is through play-based media and communication.

It’s amazing what can happen when an individual refuses to take no for an answer. There are all sorts of creative ways out—solutions—if we just care enough to do things right. Faced with bureaucratic rejection, Beau Lotto, like many freedom seekers before him, has gone right to the heart of learning, where children live: in Play. This was no ordinary research project. Dr. Lotto rooted himself and his team of kids in the soil of Play, and they grew a rich and robust harvest.

I have been building a way to recruit kids and families and courageous educators at all levels to embark on a journey to advance the cause of Play. If you believe that the human mind has the power to sprout wings to lift and propel human education and endeavor forward, then you know that power is rooted in Play. Indeed, the power of Belief and Imagination are part of the same tree of self-knowledge. Using the same nature of belief that kids bring to bear in the full depth of their play and imagination, jump on board and join us on this journey we call Play Tectonics. Join the Play Tectonics Movement on Facebook and learn more about our plan to move the continental landmass of establishment education into a new world of self-regulated, dynamic, play-engaged and play-propelled learning.
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