Coach Ellen Makes Excellent Happen

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Coach Ellen is a program coordinator who fully embraces the mission and values of Playworks. Now in her second year with Playworks Massachusetts, she has returned to the Phineas Bates Elementary School in Roslindale. Coach Ellen has prided herself in creating an amazing Junior Coach program at her school during the past two years. All Junior Coaches are present at recess, helping lead attention getters at the beginning of recess, leading games during recess and the cheer at the end of recess. Her dedication and hard work towards the Junior Coach Leadership Academy at her school has allowed her Junior Coaches to excel in and out of the classroom.

This month, Coach Ellen made excellent happen by leading the initiative to address the behavior among students on the school bus. In the first weeks of school, behavior was a problem on the bus and students were getting in disagreements. Coach Ellen spearheaded the solution, coming up with cooperative games for all students to play on the school bus. In her free time, she taught bus monitors and teachers the cooperative games to play with the students. Now, instead of students misbehaving on the schools bus, they are playing games with one another and having fun. This type of creativite appproach Coach Ellen has shown is helping students start and end the school day on a positive note, giving them the opportunity to be prepared and ready to learn in the classroom.

Coach Ellen continues to make excellent happen with her incredible Class Game Times. During these individual class sessions, she is making it possible for students to learn essential skills relative to the classroom topic for the day. Not only is Coach Ellen making excellent happen at her school, she is also becoming a wonderful mentor to first year coaches in different Playworks schools across Massachusetts. Coach Ellen is committed to the Playworks Massachusetts movement. With her positive attitude and amazing personality, we are confident that Coach Ellen will continue to make excellent happen throughout Massachusetts.

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January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…