Goal 7: Play and Have Fun! #30Goals

Goal 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge 2011


Short-term– Observe a child not in school play for at least 5 minutes. Notice how the child learns before the influence of school. Find a way to incorporate play, fun, and movement into a lesson this week. Ditch the worksheet! Also, reflect on how to integrate play that supports learning.
Long-term– Think about limiting the amount of textbook work and worksheets used in class. Using less paper is environmentally friendly as well as offers the opportunities for students to move around and have fun with the learning. Try integrating fun and play into one lesson a week regularly.


“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.”

by Phyllis Diller


  • Take a lesson outside!
  • Have students play a game!
  • Sit on pillows on the floor for your next discussion!
  • Try integrating a mobile device.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt or field study.

The Fun Theory Video


Observe how a child learns before the child starts school. Ditch at least one worksheet assignment this week and find a way to incorporate play and make the lesson fun!

Did you reflect on this goal? Please leave a comment that you accomplished this goal by either posting your own video reflection on Youtube, using the hashtag #30Goals, posting on the 30 Goals Facebook group, adding a post to the 43 Things web/mobile app, or adding a comment below! Feel free to subscribe to The 30 Goals podcast!

Keep an eye out for the book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, that will be published by Eye on Education in the Fall of 2011!

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