Playworks Massachusetts Teacher of the Month, Mr. Hughes

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Mr. Hughes is an incredible third grade teacher at the West Somerville Neighborhood School in Somerville with Site Coordinator Caroline and Recess Coach Dick. He is a true believer in the power of play, getting his students active whenever he can. He is passionate about bringing his students outside for individual Playworks time, even during the winter months. Mr. Hughes can be found on the playground playing rounds of hula hoop tag and sprout ball with the entire third grade. 

Throughout the day, Mr. Hughes is sure to keep his students moving through his quick minute moves and indoor recess games. Mr Hughes believes that play is an integral piece of his students learning, especially with social emotional skills, and he brings Playworks games into his classroom as brain breaks. With his playful personality and commitment to having his students have a successful recess, Mr. Hughes helps energize education at the West Somerville Neighborhood School.

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September 15, 2021

Creating an Inclusive Playground ›

When children feel included on the playground, it gives them the space to learn and grow in an environment that they know will celebrate their wins and encourage them to learn from their mistakes. As recently highlighted on NBC, health experts are stressing inclusion for school children, which is why we’re focusing on it as…

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September 8, 2021

Playworks Goes Back to School! ›

We know how important addressing children’s emotional needs is to recover from the learning loss and trauma felt throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s where Playworks steps in. Over the past few months, we have been preparing for modified in-person programming with the intention of bringing an impactful, safe, and fun recess to every child in…

September 1, 2021

2020-21 Year End Report ›

Schools were closed. Sports were cancelled. Recess was still on schedule. Throughout the pandemic, Playworks has been a ready and willing partner to schools across our network, helping to redefine the role of play in the lives of students dealing with increased stress, trauma, and anxiety. The support of dedicated partners helped Playworks continue to provide…