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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Self-Assessment Are you doing everything you can to help set the stage for play? Self-assessments help us look at ourselves and how our own attitudes and beliefs can affect our practices. Take the following self-assessment to learn more about how you put your beliefs and knowledge about play into action: 1 I am aware of how memories of my own childhood play experiences influence my work with children (chapter 1). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 2 I observe children while they play and write down my observations so I can identify what stage they are in (chapter 2). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 3 I arrange my learning environment into interest areas, including one for dra- matic play (chapter 3). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 4 I provide enough time for play (chapter 3). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 5 I may get discouraged when encountering a problem, but I stick with it until I find a solution (chapter 4). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 6 When I try one strategy to help children play together and it doesn’t work, I plan to use another one (chapter 4). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 7 I use problem-solving steps with children when they are fighting with each other (chapter 5). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 8 When children aren’t using the dramatic play area, I join in the play to get them started (chapter 6). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 9 When children make up violent stories, I make sure it is safe for all, and talk with the children about their feelings (chapter 7). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never 10 I help children pretend to be superheroes if the play is safe and creative (chap- ter 7). a) Always   b) Usually   c) Sometimes   d) Never Your self-assessment is a snapshot of what you know about play and how you help children experiencing challenges during play. Your responses can point to areas you want to strengthen. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Introduction | 7