First Day Jitters eradicated with Play Dough

The makings of the first day of school bring all sorts of emotions and chaos. Students, families and teachers alike feel the tensions and excitement.

Play Dough you say??? Yes, Play Dough from toddlers to Plato is a tool for learning, easing tensions and developing creative results. The work of play provides a magnitude of learning opportunities.

Play Dough helps students keep their hands busy and minds relaxed. Words can be difficult to express in adults, not to mention 1st-day students, using a tool to show a representation of an experience, feelings or communicate therapists say is powerful.

This is why I will be using Play Dough on the first day to build self-esteem, imagination, and create a culture of calmness.

This is not child’s play this is an expressive work of the heart that involves engagement, openness and the ability to develop self-autonomy thoughts and ideas.

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Amy Cooper is a passionate change leader in K-8 education with well over a decade of teaching experience. She consistently harnesses positive disruption for 21st century learners; teaching and leading by a steady work of the heart. A Digital Badging expert and seasoned conference presenter, Amy has facilitated several professional development sessions in technology. In addition to her background educating both children and adults, she also has had the opportunity to work alongside undergraduate professors as both a Teaching Assistant and Researcher. Amy has shared her knowledge of e-learning and digital badging on various podcasts with millions of listeners. She is both a Writer and Author who regularly posts innovative and insightful messages on various social media outlets including LinkedIn, Twitter @amycooper100, and her own blog: Amy is expected to earn her Doctorate of Education in December 2018 and looks forward to continuing to share her love for education with the world.

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