Coaches Corner: Using Play to Transform Transitions

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Coach Zack knew he had a big challenge to face when launching Playworks at the Garfield School in Revere. The school had never had recess. And then, to make it more interesting, there would be 125 kids on the playground at a time!

Using signals such as “Match Me” and “Clap 3 times if you can hear me.” Coach Zack has mastered one of the hardest parts of the school day –TRANSITIONS!

By creating a positive recess climate and focusing on transitions, Playworks students return to the classroom quickly, focused and ready to learn. Last year, our teachers recovered 9 hours of instructional time because of our transitions from recess to the classroom. Another way we maximize play to accelerate learning!

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November 29, 2022

Welcome back to the Joy Series ›

As we enter the last month of the year, we are thrilled to bring back the Joy Series. After a year full of transitions, growth, and exciting new changes for us, we’re looking forward to spending the next five weeks focused on joy. Here’s how you can follow along with the Joy Series:    …

November 16, 2022

Meet Renee, our new Executive Director! ›

Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, Renee Gaudette has worked for youth development organizations in New England since graduating college and now joins us as New England’s new Executive Director. Her favorite recess game is 4-square (“I get really competitive… I can’t help it,” she admits), and she has a dog named California Sunshine Epps…

November 15, 2022

Building skills through play: developing youth leaders on the playground ›

What does youth empowerment look like at recess and why is it important? Every kid deserves the opportunity to shine. The playground is the perfect place to empower students and build their confidence by giving them opportunities to lead, whether it be with their own classmates or students in younger grades. Play is such a…