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Thursday, February 27 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pushing the Pendulum: Risk-Taking Play Competence for Emotional Regulation

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Nothing compares to the sense of accomplishment beaming across a child’s face when they take a calculated risk, feel the thrill of overcoming the challenge, and accomplish the task on their own. The influential works of Ellen Sandseter have marked a pendulum swing with a return to the old, but a new. Experts, academics, municipalities, government, and education have “dog-eared” the ideal that children’s opportunities to play have become “too safe”. The consequences now felt in classrooms around the country through the lack of emotional regulation. Our students love to play in often risky ways - ways that combine the joy of freedom with just the right measure of fear in order to produce a euphoric sense of self, and our learning environments set the stage for this healthy middle ground.

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Stacey Hannay

Consultant - Comprehensive School Health, Edmonton Public Schools
Stacey Hannay is a doctoral student whose work falls within the ideal of theorizing curriculum and teacher professional development. Specifically, her area of research lies with: Teachers conceptualizations of physical literacy. She is currently a teacher/consultant with Edmonton... Read More →