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One of my recess expectations is 'hands off.' The kids and I recite it to each other every day. I noticed this month that several students have come to me about other kids being mean and not practicing the 'hands off' rule. These students are making the connection between bullying and 'hands off', and are using their understanding to help others. Playworks helps give kids the positive language they need to cancel out a lot of the negative language they hear in their lives. I will always do my best to help students understand the impact of bullying."
— Coach J., The Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward
"During 5th-grade recess, I decided to play helicopter with eight students. In the game, one person stands in the middle of the circle and holds the jump rope low to the ground, swinging it around the circle. Everyone who is part of the circle has to avoid the rope by jumping over it when it gets to them. If the rope touches you, you're supposed to step out and wait for the next round.
For the first round, I was in the middle of the circle swinging the rope. I swung the rope in a full circle and all the students successfully jumped over! The second time, one student, M., was hit on the foot. A few of the other students began yelling, 'You're out! Get out!'
M. was obviously upset, and quietly walked away to a bench with his head down while the students continued making fun of him for being unsuccessful. One of the girls in the circle witnessed the incident and instead of joining in the taunting, she told the group that what they were doing was wrong. She reminded them that they were supposed to sing the 'good job, nice try!' cheer. She began the cheer for M. and the others started to join in with her, causing a smile to grow on M.'s face. After the group changed their language to a Playworks cheer that was more positive and inclusive, M. felt more comfortable getting back in the game for the next round."
— Coach Mo, KIPP WAYS Academy