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Location: Statewide

Training Type: Online Real Time

Total Hours: 2

Cost: Free

Scholarship: No

Contact Information:

April Zajko
(802) 274-9145

Risky Play: Going Beyond Climbing Trees and Jumping Off Boulders Deb Norris

Special Topics:
Sponsor: April's Teaching Tree
Instructor: Dr. Joanna Spotts

The session will begin with a short review of the scholarly definition of risky play, including Sandseter’s categories. The session will then move to a presentation of original research showing that teachers can influence the safety of risky play and the development of risk management skills through conversation and relationship building. The research participants’ experiences will be used as examples of how the session participants can build relationships with their own students. Before a time for participant questions, there will be a time to examine real life risky play scenarios to practice what kind of conversations might be started with students.

Core Knowledge Area
  • Child Development & Learning
  • Safety & Wellness
  • Developmentally Appropriate & Inclusive Practices
Session Dates
Session Times
June 8, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Additional Information

We are keeping the group size intentionally small so that we can connect and explore this important topic. If the Google Form is no longer accepting registration, you can directly email Joanna to get on her waiting list for Fall 2023. joannaspotts@gmail.com You can also check out her blog at - https://spotlightonearlylearning.wordpress.com/