How Does Your Recess Measure Up? Take the Recess Checkup!

  1. Updates

The Recess Checkup is an online quiz designed to identify strengths of your school’s recess and uncover areas for improvement. When schools take the confidential three-minute check, they are able to understand what is really happening on the playground.

Schools across the country are taking the Recess Checkup and receiving tools and resources to help them improve their recesses based on their results.

The West Somerville Neighborhood School in Somerville, MA, took the Recess Checkup this year and has made major improvements using our Recess Lab resources. More adults are engaged and more students are resolving their conflicts without fighting or violence. Using the Recess Checkup, they have been able to track improvements in student engagement and physical activity at recess

Playworks is partnering with the American Heart Association to ensure that as many kids as possible across New England are leading active, healthy lifestyles. The American Heart Association will be sharing the Recess Checkup with schools through the AHA Kid’s Heart Challenge, a school initiative encouraging students to remain physically active throughout the day.

Be sure to share the Recess Checkup with a school in your community today! If you are interested in partnering with Playworks to provide this tool to schools in your network, contact Molly Blake at molly.blake@playworks.org.

 

More Updates


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…