Dr. Charlene Woodham Brickman is a career educator with experience as a teacher, Title I facilitator, technology coordinator, assistant principal, school improvement specialist, and college instructor. Teaching in private and public schools and most places in between has provided her with a wide array of experiences. At the beginning of this journey, she believed that play was a necessary part of childhood, but in her career, she has watched the practice of play erode for both children and adults, alike.
Dr. Brickman’s research centers on recess policy and the beliefs/perceptions of those asked to implement these policies. Now, more than ever, children need breaks to socialize and burn off energy and simply have unstructured time. In this way, we are protecting their mental health and allowing them the privileges of childhood. To find out more about Dr. Brickman and her research check out her personal website
“When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”Fred Rogers