Study: Less-Structured Time Correlates to Kids’ Success
Hannah Goldberg @ time.com
Research found that young children who spend more time engaging in more
open-ended, free-flowing activities display higher levels of executive
functioning, and vice versa.
Assuming there's causation, what does that mean for the classroom? I
don't think it means letting go. It takes a great deal of thought and
planning to create a lesson and activity that appears open-ended and
free-flowing but satisfies the objective. When a video game is linear,
you know that you're in a video game. But when it's open-world, you
might forget as you do whatever you want. I don't know what this looks
like in the classroom, though.