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Author Jones, Elizabeth, 1930-
Title The play's the thing : teachers' roles in children's play / Elizabeth Jones, Gretchen Reynolds.
Imprint New York : Teachers College Press, [1992]

 MUSKINGUM STACKS  LB1140.35.P55 .J66 1992    AVAILABLE  
 MUSKINGUM STACKS  LB1140.35.P55 .J66 1992    AVAILABLE  
Series Early childhood education series
Early childhood education series.
Subject Play -- United States.
Education, Preschool -- United States.
Alt Name Reynolds, Gretchen.
Description xiii, 144 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 131-136) and index.
ISBN 0807731714 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC # 25025925
Table of Contents
 Foreword / Elizabeth Prescott 
  Why Play? 
  Teacher Roles 
1Understanding and Supporting Children's Play1
  Stages in Play1
  Stages in Representation7
  The Content of Play9
  Master Players10
  But What Do I Do While They're Playing?12
2Teacher as Stage Manager15
  Clarifying Figure-Ground Relationships16
  Providing Enough Props20
  Providing Enough Time23
3Teacher as Mediator26
  Teaching Conflict-Resolution Skills26
  Complicating Play to Keep It Safe28
  Problem Solving to Sustain Play30
4Teacher as Player34
  "Call Mikey"34
  "Don't Let the Babies Die"35
  Shopping at Fedco36
  "Can X-Ray See This Lady?"39
  Why Teachers Play40
5Teacher Behavior That Interrupts Play43
  Interrupting for One's Own Pleasure in Play43
  Interrupting to Teach Rules49
  Interrupting to Teach Concepts51
  Building on Children's Play54
6Teacher as Scribe57
  Representing Children's Play58
  Sharing Representations with Children60
  Stimulating Writing as Play and Communication64
  Writing Can Be Read65
7Teacher as Assessor and Communicator70
  Assessment as Part of Planning71
  Can I Learn to Appreciate Him More?72
  Building on a Child's Strengths75
  Who Is This Child?76
  Communicating to Parents and Other Adults78
  Communicating to Children83
  Accountability: How Do We Know They're Learning?86
8Teacher as Planner89
  Emergent Curriculum90
  Looking at the Environment91
  Naming Children's Play Scripts94
  Introducing a New Theme95
  Planning for Literacy as a Play Script101
9Paying Attention to Play106
  Supporting Children Who Have Not Yet Mastered Play106
  Supporting Master Players108
  Teacher Role Development112
  A Place in the World for Children115
10A Sense of the Past and the Future118
  The Logic of Human Relationships119
  Stories, Images, and the Creation of Culture122
  Teacher as Keeper of Metaphor123
  From Here and Now to There and Then: Building Bridges of Meaning127
 About the Authors144