The Power of Play and the Joy of Learning: Lecture

The Power of Play and the Joy of Learning
A talk by noted psychologist and author Peter Gray
Wednesday, April 12 7:00 PM

Thacher Montessori School 1425 Blue Hill Avenue Milton
Co-sponsored by Thacher Montessori School and The Mary M.B.Wakefield Charitable Trust

In this talk, Peter Gray will explore play as activity that is (1) self-chosen and selfdirected; (2) motivated by means more than ends; (3) guided by mental rules; (4) includes a strong element of imagination; and (5) is conducted in an alert, active, but relatively non-stressed frame of mind. Gray will describe these characteristics and show how each of them contributes to play’s educational and developmental value. He will explain why play came about, in natural selection, to promote children’s healthy physical, intellectual, social, moral, and emotional growth and will describe the psychological detriments that have accompanied the decline of play in recent decades. Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College and author of the internationally acclaimed textbook, Psychology, as well as Free to Learn, which expands on his research on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so.

Free and open to the public.  Reservations are required.

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