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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May 25, 2021

Recess Reboot at the Guilmette Elementary School ›

Playworks knows that recess is one of the most critical opportunities for students to be physically active, build core social-emotional skills, and build relationships with their peers. However, recess can often be a source of stress and chaos for schools – especially in light of new guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19. For some added…

Principal Coleen Smith
Principal Coleen Smith

May 24, 2021

Recess Rocks in RI prioritizes Rhode Island students’ health and well-being throughout COVID-19 crisis ›

Recess Champions program recognizes educators who have made play a priority   Recess Rocks in Rhode Island, a six-year old partnership of Playworks New England, the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), has launched an initiative to recognize school professionals who have made it a priority…

May 21, 2021

Six Boston Schools Receive $25,000 in Wellness Grants After Helping Get Boston Back in Motion ›

More Than 3,000 Students Participate in Month-Long Effort Aimed at Improving Health and Well-Being of Youth BOSTON  – Boston Back in Motion, an effort to get young people across Boston to stay active as schools transition back to in-person learning, on Friday awarded six Boston schools a total of $25,000 in wellness grants for participating…