You’ve probably noticed that EMC² Learning borrows its name from Albert Einstein’s most famous mathematical equation. So we think it’s only fitting to turn to the man himself for a few words of wisdom to close out this calendar year. For as this celebrated physicist so famously once said:
“Play is the highest form of research.”
Through play, children and adults can explore new ideas, solve problems, and develop new skills and perspectives. Play allows us to approach the world with a sense of curiosity and creativity, and it can be a powerful tool for learning, growth and personal development. As Einstein suggests, play is not just a way to pass the time or have fun, but a crucial form of research and exploration.
As we look forward to celebrating the next few weeks at home exchanging gifts with our family members and loved ones, we think this is a perfect reminder of the joy (and the discovery!) that the holidays can bring.
EMC² Learning is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue sharing resources, courses, activities, and templates to help busy teachers bring playful instructional techniques to life in their classrooms all around the world. Here’s a small sample of the kinds of colorful, creative lesson plans that Engagement Engineers are bringing to life in their instruction using strategies from the EMC² Learning library and a splash of playful pedagogy.
Something Sweet from Pennsylvania
– Dr. Jen Toney | @JenToney
Third Grade Teacher
Scramble Centers in North Carolina
Ss are hard at work learning everything they can about positive & negative numbers. Capturing ghost in Luigi’s Haunted Mansion along the way! Can they locate Luigi b4 it’s too late?! @ErwinMiddle #scramblecenters #emc2learning #joy #math @RSSchoolsNC pic.twitter.com/RbmRKtRmwk— Justin Owens (@MrOwens_Math) December 12, 2022
– Justin Owens | @MrOwens_Math
Seventh Grade Math Teacher
Everything's Bigger in Texas
– Shannon Shabanaj | @shanshab10
Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher
Building Creativity into Student Research
– Caitlin Monroe | @Caitlin_Monroe
Fourth Grade Science Teacher
Changing the Game in Virginia
– Kathleen Mathis | @AtomicTeacha
High School English Teacher
Swapping Stories in California
Last day of school. Played Lock Screen Story Swap from #EMC2Learning. Thanks @mrmatera & @MeehanEDU Students enjoyed sharing the stories behind their photos. I had no idea so many ppl love FIFA, Harry Styles & Billie Eilish. @JFKCougars Happy Holidays! pic.twitter.com/X4BoHfV9xf— Dr. Scott M. Petri (@scottmpetri) December 16, 2022
– Dr. Scott M. Petri | @scottmpetri
High School History Teacher
Ax-ing Great Questions in Arkansas
The three phases of LUMBERJACK LOGJAM!— Bryant Barker (@MrBarkerCoolGuy) December 14, 2022
1 - complete tasks to earn spins on the picker wheel to acquire JENGA logs.
2. Occasionally throw axes to earn even more logs.
3. Use all the logs you gained to build the tallest towers possible!#EMC2Learning #TGEChat pic.twitter.com/dqLFUF1S1B
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