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How important is it for students to have fun in the classroom? And if lessons are dominated by play does this distract from learning?
Tim Taylor, an advanced skills teacher in Norwich who has written extensively on learning through play, explores these questions in a post on his blog, Imaginative Inquiry.
He dissects three common arguments against using play to make lessons fun and engaging. One of the criticisms he hones in on is the belief that fun is frivolous and therefore has no role in the classroom. He believes that this concern comes from people mistakenly equating fun with entertainment.