EQ: What does the way you play have to do with embracing change and how does this impact you as a professional?
When I think of learning through play, I automatically think of young children. They learn through mimicking our actions. They watch us cook, shop and talk on the phone. “Because play is fun, children often become absorbed in what they are doing…which in turns help them develop the ability to concentrate” (Family lives).
“Embracing change and seeing information as a resource can help us stop thinking of learning as an isolated process of information absorption and start thinking of it as a cultural and social process of engaging with the constant changing world around us” (2011, Thomas).
Play as our textbook author suggests is more than pretending to bake a cake, it can be an informal setting without textbook or instruction, but still absorbing new information. Tinkering is a term we used in a summer class to describe play. I like that term. Writing computer code, cooking, fixing a car, building a chicken coop – these can all be an informal way of learning, or tinkering.
How do we embrace change through playing or tinkering on a professional level? I think of this as a way that we need to understand how something works and the benefits. We are presented with a change or new way of doing something. We are naturally reluctant to adhere to the new change at work. However, after seeing the benefits (tinkering or playing I think can be inserted here) we are more willing to accept the new change.
If we are presented with new assessment software, we might be too busy to learn it or it might take more clicks to use it. However, when we see that the reporting is better organized and will save us hours of work during report card time – we then love the software because we understand the benefits.
Change is hard for all of us. It can be challenging, intimating and time consuming. When we understand why we need the change, it will be easier to overcome the fear. I loved, loved Windows 7, I am getting use to Windows 10.
Thomas, D., & Brown, J. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown.
amily Lives. (n.d.). How children learn through play. Retrieved on Feb 10, 2017 from: http://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/toddler-preschool/learning-play/how-children-learn-through-play/
Barnard, Yvonne, Bradley, Mike D., Hodgson, Frances, and Llyod, Ashley D. (2013, March 22). Learning to use new technologies by older adults: Perceived difﬁculties, experimentation behaviour and usability. Retrieved on Feb 10, 2017 from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257253134_Learning_to_use_new_technologies_by_older_adults_Perceived_difficulties_experimentation_behaviour_and_usability