Coach D Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach D is a fourth year Program Coordinator with Playworks Massachusetts, working at the Tobin K-8 School in Roxbury. Over the past four years, Coach D has worked hard to create a school culture that is safe, healthy and inclusive for all students. As an experienced Playworks Coach, he continuously exemplifies Playworks core values and collaborates often with his school to create a cohesive approach. Coach D emphasizes these core values through Class Based Action Learning and recess, purposely playing specific team building and intentionally asking certain questions during group debriefs.

During the month of October, Coach D made excellent happen by hosting numerous volunteer groups and special guests at this school. Throughout hosting these visits, Coach D does an incredible job displaying advanced components of Playworks programming and interacting with students, while simultaneously answering questions in a professional manner with the visiting individuals. Coach D ensures that all guests have an incredible time at his school, having students welcome them through cheers and getting guests in the game by teaching them the rules of the games.

Coach D has continued to make excellent happen through building and maintaining meaningful relationships with new and former students and staff. For example, he has a secret handshake with just about every student regardless of age and every staff members knows Coach D by name, valuing the positive energy he brings to the school. Each day, everyone is excited to see Coach D walk into school. Coach D’s passion for Playworks, his school, and impacting youth is contagious. Coach D has shown that he is committed to making excellent happen for the students in his school and the entire Playworks community.

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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…