My daughter was in the first generation of online kids. By middle school her teachers didn’t know what to do. These kids needed to talk. They were hard to keep “on subject.”One thing at a time was tedious for multimedia, multisensory learners. The principal called them the generation the least likely to succeed. Flooded with empathy and stress from being on the phone and online, they were also overwhelmed. Personally, I think they were adapting to the world wide web. Were they victims or pioneers?
Times have changed, but what about education? How do we better connect to subject matter and each other? Can teachers support healthy spontaneity in the classroom, the essence of curiosity and learning? Can students ask real questions? Can younger and older learners move past “be quiet and stay in your seat” practices to creative self-abandonment-the genius of youth? Can educators and students be embodied learners? Can InterPlay be of service? Yes. Excitement builds as teachers incorporate InterPlay in classes..
Joy Hodges, elementary school teacher, helps kids get a running start on projects by using InterPlay. Watch her describe it here.
Diane Rawlinson, high school teacher, watches it ripple through her student body as she teaches youth how to witness and affirm one another:
Unbelievable response to the Interplay workshops at the National HS Dance Festival..Wow…talk about freeing for them, especially those from fine arts schools who are so used to traditional training. The festival had over 1,500 students from over 100 public, magnet, and fine arts schools in the US, Canada, and Australia. They were able to create a non-judgemental community in a very short time, with dancers who are primarily used to being judged and corrected throughout their training. Seeds have been planted in a new generation of teens not from Wheeling!!!!
Gretchen Wegner, master educator, uses InterPlayful body-based inquiry for graduate level work. Read her journal article “The Role of Improvisation and Imagination in Accessing Body-Based Ways of Knowing.”
Sybil MacBeth, “who can’t paint a cat” uses InterPlay in religious education to teach kids to pray. Watch a video here.
Embodied cognition is a growing area of study. (Thanks Arthur)
InterPlay is at lab with a working methodology. Spread the word. InterPlay to learn. Learn to interplay.