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An In-Depth Look at School Recess

Thursday, June 11, 2009, 6:00pm

For many elementary school principals, recess is the toughest part of the day. That's when all the trouble starts — the teasing, fighting, bullying, injuries, referrals and suspensions. It doesn't just end there—the problems from the playground spill over into the classroom, eating into precious instruction time. This video demonstrates the "before and after" effect when safe, fun playtime is introduced in the schoolyard. A trained Playworks coach teaches and runs games designed to build leadership and foster teamwork. As a result, kids are more physically active, and principals and teachers consistently credit Playworks for transforming not just the playground and but the entire school learning environment.