As a former high school teacher and current middle school teacher at Campus Middle School, I am always searching for ways to incorporate student independence, choice, and creativity in the classes I teach. After working for twenty-two years with teens, I’ve learned that some of the best moments in the classroom come from encouraging playfulness and a genuine sense of inquiry.
My own children, twin boys, taught me the importance of child-led play and reminded me how crucial outdoor play is to our well-being. KOOP provides an opportunity for children to develop creativity, negotiate play, and gain confidence. Overall, the joy I’ve seen in my children is unmatched by other structured activities.