The School of Play with Debbie McCoy | Episode 15

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Aug 03 2020 37 mins  

Debbie McCoy is the Assistant Vice President of Education at the Strong Museum of Play.  The Woodbury School is run out of the museum, and offers programs for Pre-K and Early Kindergarten.  Their curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which is play-based and neither teacher led or student led, but a collaboration between the two.  I believe The Woodbury School is the hidden gem of the Strong Museum of Play, and I hope it continues to thrive and even expand over the years to more grade levels. 

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Episode Timeline:
3:00 - Learning Through Play
5:45 - The Reggio Emilia approach
9:45 - "Dance" between teacher and student
13:10 - Teacher:Student ratio
14:20 - How they utilize the museum in school
16:40 - Letting your kids be bored
20:20 - Professional development opportunities
26:15 - Typical day at The Woodbury
31:20 - Standardized tests?

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