Washington Parks Academy has a large population of students. The gym can hold a total of seven to eight classes at once. Initially maintaining an organized recess was a challenge that appeared to be impossible. Coach Rhi made many strides to facilitate play between the two groups of 3rd and 5th graders by establishing core recess games, but students still struggled with boundaries and respecting each other. She also continued to stress the importance of respect and focused her Class Game Times around recess and identifying boundaries. With the help of Coach Cal, our AmeriCorps Flex Member, recess has become more inviting and inclusive; students are respecting established boundaries and each other.
Friday’s Coach of the Day: Coach Rhi
- In honor of celebrating AmeriCorps week we are highlighting our champions of service!
- March 13, 2015
August 24, 2021
Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…
April 8, 2021
Did you know Playworks programming can be funded by a variety of federal, state, and private streams? Here is a list to provide guidance and resources to help administrators in Michigan determine the best funding source to support bringing Playworks to your school. Government Grants For Schools Playworks has been found to be evidence-based under…
March 25, 2021
As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…