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S4.E10: Play-based learning environments are more joyful and sustainable for teachers, too

July 02, 20231 min read

Episode Summary:

This week on Season 4, Episode 10 of That's SO EDVOLUTIONARY, we talk about how play-based learning environments are better for TEACHERS too.

The way we are doing school right now is just not at all sustainable for teachers. Nor is it respectful to their creativity or humanity. And many have lost their joy and passion for the profession and are leaving in droves. It's not them. It's not the kids. It's a poorly designed learning structure getting ready to break down under immense top-down pressure.

If we have the guts to change how we structure our learning environments, we can create the optimal conditions for teachers and students to experience joy and success in their work.

Listen this week to hear how.

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Ali Dabney is one of the co-founders of EDVOLUTIONARY.  She has over a decade of teaching experience and focuses on helping K-2 teachers create play-based learning environments that make it easier to meet student needs and make teaching more sustainable.

Ali Dabney

Ali Dabney is one of the co-founders of EDVOLUTIONARY. She has over a decade of teaching experience and focuses on helping K-2 teachers create play-based learning environments that make it easier to meet student needs and make teaching more sustainable.

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Hi! We're Annie & Ali

We are two primary (K/1) educators building a roadmap to teaching that ensures children reach mastery of all required K-2 standards in an environment that also respects their developmental needs and leads them to become self-directed learners. We founded EDVOLUTIONARY to help amplify the conversation about how to evolve our education system and to share our toolbox of teacher-tested resources and strategies that empower learners and make teaching more effective, fun, and sustainable.

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