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2011 2011-Sandbox Play


Presenter: Dr. Christopher Craft
Location: Columbia, SC, USA

Presentation Title: Sandbox Play Keynote: A Teacher’s Journey

Presentation Description: Take a look inside the classroom of Dr. Christopher Craft and explore what sandbox play practically looks like. Chris teaches kids in a variety of courses such as World Languages, Media Technologies, and Broadcast Journalism.


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Additional Information:
Dr. Christopher Craft is an award-winning classroom educator at CrossRoads Middle School in Columbia, SC. Dr. Craft has a B.A. in Spanish, an M.Ed in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research. He has been teaching for seven years. He is most proud of his two daughters; the princess and the diva.

Find out more about Chris at www.christophercraft.com or read his (infrequently updated) blog at www.crucialthought.com. Find him on Twitter at @crafty184.


  1. Jose Rodriguez Post author

    Hey Chris,

    Enjoyed taking a peek into your classroom. Looks like your students have a great teacher. Thanks for the practical tips and inspiration. Looking forward to dedicating more time to sandbox play in my own classroom.

  2. Paula Naugle (@plnaugle)

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the sandbox metaphor from your classroom’s perspective. I agree that we educators need to be allowing our students more “play” time, that is more purposeful “play” time. They need to play with the tools and have time to explore their passions. They need to learn to “play” nicely with each other and how to solve problems that will arise as they play.

    You are so right when you tell us to befriend the right people around your school. I have a great relationship with everyone in my school and I know I can call on them for help or guidance. Love your green wall and chair. That is something I am going to “play” with in the new year – green screening.

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  5. Val H.

    Great extension of the sandbox metaphor, Chris! There is lots here to serve as reminders of the mindset that was the reason that most of us became educators. Didn’t we all believe, at some point, that learning is fun, and it can only be more so when it’s purposeful, exploratory, and collaborative? Thanks for exemplifying that approach for your kids and your colleagues! Very inspiring!

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