Why Play Time Is Not Break Time

Rae Pica with Dr. Michael Henniger, Dr. Heather Olsen Ed.D, Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

Every teacher knows that when the children go outside to play, that’s the time for teachers to have a break and for children to do their own thing. Well, today’s guests say that play time is not break time and savvy teachers put as much thought into planning play time as they put into planning the rest of the school day.

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May 8, 2009
Episode Guests
Dr. Michael Henniger is the Interim Dean at the Woodring College of Education Author of Young Children article, “Planning for Outdoor Play”. Dr. Heather Olsen Ed.D is the Assistant Director of the National Program for Playground Safety at the University of Northern Iowa. Co-author of article, “Outdoor Learning: Supervision Is More Than Watching Children Play”. Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has over 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education.
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