A Day in the Life of a Virtual Playworks Coach

  1. Updates

 

 Like many in our community, Playworks started the 2020-21 school year with the typical excitement but also with new nervousness and anxiety about the many unknowns and challenges we knew we’d face. While programming certainly looks different this year, the smiles, laughs, and joy that have always been constants on Playworks playgrounds continue to shine (even on Zoom). 

Our Americorps Coaches and Site Coordinators in Boston, Lawrence, and Cambridge have been hard at work adapting our 25 years of play expertise to the world of virtual learning. As we navigate hybrid and remote learning alongside our school partners, we’ve been able to bring consistent opportunities for safe and healthy play to our 23 Coach and Team Up partner schools. 

 

“I’m so thankful that this impact can still be realized in the virtual learning context.  Coach Shelby has worked to facilitate games and activities that are engaging and accessible to all students, and it truly makes a difference at a time when school continues to feel unsettling for many.  I try to intentionally build community with my students throughout the week, and Class Game Time with Coach Shelby is an important part of that process,” says Mr. Wilburn, a 3rd grade teacher at the Henry Grew School in Hyde Park.

“For some students, Class Game Time is when I see their highest rate of participation. Class Game Time is definitely a highlight of my week, and many of my students!”

Wondering what a day in the life of a virtual coach actually looks like? It typically looks a little something like this: 

Curious to hear more directly from our Coaches? Check out the stories below:

To learn more about the work we’ve done so far this school year, check out our 2020-21 Mid Year Report. To find a time to see Playworks programming in action, please contact Jessie Igoe at jessica.igoe@playworks.org.

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August 1, 2022

2021-22 Year End Report ›

After two years of isolation and adapted schooling, our students and staff spent a full year together in school buildings. We continued innovating to meet the needs of students, schools, and partners. Our return to in-person events was filled with joy, and throughout it all, bringing the healing power of play to students across New…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

parent playing with kids outside
parent playing with kids outside

July 21, 2022

Games to play at home this summer ›

Are you looking for games to play at home using only things found around your house? Look no further! In case you haven’t heard – school’s out for summer! With long stretches of hot days still to come, you might be looking forward to playing some new games with your family or people in your…