As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day this year, Prof Pasi Sahlberg will focus on his latest research to be incorporated in a new book, as he presents on the topic Let the Children Play: why more play will save our schools and help children thrive. Pasi’s premise in the book is that play is how children explore, discover, fail, succeed, socialize and flourish. So play is a fundamental element of the human condition and a key to giving schoolchildren skills they need to succeed including creativity, innovation, teamwork, focus, resilience, expressiveness, empathy, concentration and executive function. In the course of writing his book, Pasi travelled worldwide visiting schools and playgrounds, reviewed over 700 research studies, and conducted interviews with over 50 of the world’s leading authorities on education. In an era when policies based on standardized testing-and-punishment are failing to improve learning or reduce achievement gaps, Pasi’s new book reveals a striking vision of the ultimate effective education reform: letting children play.
In addition to Prof Sahlberg’s presentation, the Australian College of Educators Hills Parramatta Region celebrates World Teachers’ Day each year by inviting Principals to nominate exemplary teachers in their schools to receive an ACE World Teachers’ Day Certificate Award.