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The Role of Coaching in Developing Playful Lessons

Giving teachers time to collaborate on making classroom activities more active, social, and meaningful can result in higher student engagement—and deeper understanding of academic content.

June 14, 2023

Many teachers want their classroom to be a place where learning is more joyful, but with the demands of content standards, time pressures, and classroom management, that can sometimes feel out of reach. In Denmark, some schools have solved this challenge by adopting an instructional coaching model: Educators trained in playful learning collaborate and consult with teachers regularly to help infuse socialization, activity, creativity, and meaning into their lessons. At Vorbasse School in Billund, when playful learning guide Maria Astrup Bendixen worked with math teacher Nicolaj Bech, they transformed a statistics lesson into a more connected and memorable experience for his middle school students.

To learn more about the research behind the practices seen in the video, check out the links below.

Vorbasse Skole

Public, Urban
Grades K-9

Edutopia developed the Making Learning More Playful series with support from The LEGO Foundation.

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