PAEYC PD: It's All Fun and Games: A Perspective on Competition in the School-Age Classroom

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Many educators see the potential of competitive play to provide positive experiences and support healthy development among school age children, but are unsure how to maximize those benefits, often shying away from it altogether. Therefore, as young children engage in competitive play, they are faced with numerous choices that have an ethical basis- that is, they deal with questions of 'right and wrong,' but because it is minimally discussed within school age curricula, they have little direction and few role models to help guide their decisions! This session discusses school age competitive play as a neutral activity that has the potential for  positive and negative outcomes.

Fair and respectful play as well as balanced competition are presented as core concepts that lead to children's maximum enjoyment, healthy development, and increased play competency. Through interactive dialogue and activities, participants will define 'fair play' and strategize ways to enhance the notion of fair and balanced competition within their school age classrooms.