• Consistently looking for ways to be
creative and enJOY your work by
letting curiosity and
lightheartedness fuel a sense of
enthusiasm within you.
PLAY: THE CURIOSITY-CREATIVITY
• 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.
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.
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.
INSTALLING VERSUS INSTILLING
Work describes what we’re doing.
PLAY describes how we do it.
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.
THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG
• 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.
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
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.
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.
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.