Meet Coach Asha

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Coach Asha is a coach at PS 446 in Brooklyn. Coach Asha currently runs an informal Junior Coach program with her 3rd graders. The program is generally for 4th and 5th graders but Coach Asha felt that it was very important and necessary to provide the same leadership opportunities to her K-3 elementary school. Coach Asha has also facilitated a parent night earlier this month which included school staff, parents and students. It was a great night that really brought the community together through play. Shout out to Coach Asha!!!

About Coach Asha

Favorite cheer: “Why I Ate The Pie”

My kids and I like it so much we turned it into a song for the big jump rope section. After every line you yell out a trick.

Ex: “Why I ate the pie, I said, Why I ate the pie”… Criss Cross! (Then that person jumps with criss-crossed legs)

“Why I ate the pie, I said, Why I ate the pie”…One foot! (Then that person jumps on one foot)

Hand clap…eyes closed…eyes open…super fast

Favorite thing about Brooklyn: There’s an Empanada Truck on Atlantic ave (right outside the main train station) where their empanadas are filled with different ingredients. The Chicken & Cheese Empanada is my favorite!

If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?: If I could have any super power I’d pick Teleportation. I have traveled to different countries & islands but I hate flying. If I could just think of a place, snap my fingers, and Voila! I’m there! It would be the coolest thing ever.

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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 21, 2022

Building Skill Through Play: Managing Disappointment and Teaching Positive Body Language ›

It’s the holiday season! Schools and Playworks are counting down the days until winter break, but first we’re focusing on managing disappointment and teaching positive body language.  We all know that it can be incredibly easy to get swept up in the negative emotions a disappointment brings because our expectations were not met. For kids,…

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…