Junior Coach Ami Makes Excellent Happen

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Junior Coach Ami is a student at the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) in Allston with Coach Jenny. Ami leads with her friendly personality, her sense of humor, and by always showing her GPA core values. She has attended almost every training session all year long, and she comes to Junior Coach meetings ready to actively participate in the lesson. She always shows up for her recess duty when Coach Jenny is expecting her, and has worked hard to encourage participation to make foursquare a popular game at third grade recess. She is a hard-working and responsible student, and she rarely has to be reminded to follow the Junior Coach group agreement or recess expectations.

During the month of March, Ami was an amazing role model for all third graders during recess. She taught and lead games in a kind and engaging way, modeled peace on earth at the end of recess, and gathered equipment from her game and others when it was time to go inside. When she noticed kids having conflicts or not doing peace on earth and then lining up, she pulled them aside and gently reminded them of their expectations. With her incredible dedication to being a Junior Coach and her enthusiasm to be a leader at her school, we know Ami will continue to make excellent happen throughout the Playworks community.

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January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

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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…