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  1. 1. PLAY Defined • Consistently looking for ways to be creative and enJOY your work by letting curiosity and lightheartedness fuel a sense of enthusiasm within you.
  2. 2. PLAY: THE CURIOSITY-CREATIVITY CONNECTION • PLAY is the spirit that fuels a curious mind, activating the right side of the brain, which is unlimited in its ability to make creative connections.
  3. 3. YEAH, BUT … • Many educators acknowledge that learning should be fun, yet they believe that PLAY and work are separate activities: if you’re PLAYing, then you can’t be working.
  4. 4. THE CRUX OF THE MATTER • PLAY is more an attitude than an activity. It’s a state of mind and spirit that is infused in all we do.
  5. 5. INSTALLING VERSUS INSTILLING Work describes what we’re doing. PLAY describes how we do it.
  6. 6. THE BRUTAL REALITY • PLAYfulness and, hence, creativity are stifled when we focus on avoiding mistakes and missteps – on doing things right – instead of doing the “right” things; when “rules” rather than values guide us and our thinking.
  7. 7. THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG CONUNDRUM • We don’t stop PLAYing, creating, or enJOYing our work because our jobs become stale; our jobs become stale because we stop PLAYing, creating, and enJOYing our work.
  8. 8. PLAYing IT SAFE versus PLAYing When we limit PLAY to a specific time slot, the unspoken message is that work isn’t fun the rest of the time. This reduces PLAY to an antacid. When we find ways to blend PLAY into our work, we promote relationship-building and help relieve stress, lift spirits, and improve performance by nurturing creativity.
  9. 9. THE PLAY-MAKE THEIR DAY CONNECTION Research shows that fun is the foundation of creativity, which, in turn, fuels our imaginations, unlocks our highest levels of intelligence, and boosts our sense of hope and optimism…and theirs.
  10. 10. DON’T INSTALL: INSTILL Hope and optimism breed confidence and efficacy … for us and them. Confidence and efficacy, in turn, breed both a sense competence and a willingness to take on challenges. Like play, these outcomes cannot be installed: they need to be instilled.

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