Coach Miriam Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach Miriam is a first-year AmeriCorps program coordinator at the Neighborhood House Charter School. This year, Coach Miriam has helped build a positive, supporting, and fun school environment at her school. The administration loves all of the initiatives she creates. They are consistently giving her the opportunity to be innovative. For example, Coach Miriam launched a before-school recess to get students active and ready for the school day. She noticed that some students have been eager to get to school early to participate in her morning recess. In addition, she is involving the parents of Junior Coaches by developing a Junior Coach parent newsletter informing parents about highlights, Playworks events, and great stories.

During the month of January, Coach Miriam organized a penny drive at her school to raise money for the Playworks Field Day in the spring. This Field Day gives all students the opportunity to participate in a day of fun, active, and healthy activities. The class that raises the most money earns a special Playworks prize! Additionally, Coach Miriam is working to create Alumni Junior Coach days, in which Junior Coaches from last year go outside during middle school recess to help organize and play games with the younger students. She has already created a Junior Coach mentor program, pairing current Junior Coaches with middle school alumni Junior Coaches. Finally, Coach Miriam has been working with the development team to submit a grant application for funding the Developmental Sports Leagues.

Coach Miriam continues to make excellent happen at her school by having a Recess Rockstar program. Each month during an all-school assembly, Coach Miriam announces the Recess Rockstar of the Month. This student exemplifies positive sporting behavior at recess and is recognized as a leader in the classroom. Coach Miriam is committed to the Playworks Massachusetts movement. With her enthusiasm and great passion, we are confident Coach Miriam 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…