Free resources to help school staff encourage active learning

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Active and healthy play helps students develop self-control, build social skills, and get the “brain break” needed for academic success. A report from the Institute of Medicine found that children who are more active “show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.”

Schools with a healthy culture of play see fewer fights, fewer injuries, and fewer trips to the principal’s office—and students come back to class ready to learn.

Playworks works with elementary schools across the country to make their recesses safe, fun, and active.  With 20 years of experience working with elementary schools, Playworks has opened up its playbook and launched Recess Lab—a project to help principals, teachers, and kids re-discover the power of play.

Recess Lab offers free tools like the Recess Checkup—a three-minute online quiz designed to help principals and teachers identify strengths and uncover areas for improvement, and understand what’s really happening in a play space. The Checkup is open to principals and teachers at eligible public schools around the country.

School staff can also visit recesslab.org to discover playground solutions that are right for their school. They will find proven tips, games, and ideas for important school pain points such as:

  • Focusing attention
  • Building teamwork
  • Improving transitions
  • Teaching conflict-resolution skills

From test scores to school culture, from safety to inclusion, today’s elementary schools have several important priorities. But at many schools, recess is an overlooked opportunity for accomplishing these goals. Recess can be a time for children to gain the experiences that prepare them for success in and out of the classroom and the free resources at Recess Lab can pave the way.

 

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May 20, 2020

Play At Home: Week of May 25, 2020 ›

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May 19, 2020

The New Balance Foundation Teams Up with Playworks to Help Kids Stay Active During COVID-19 Crisis ›

The New Balance Foundation is excited to announce a $100,000 grant to support Playworks’ Play At Home, a suite of digital resources designed to ensure all children have access to physical activity, social and emotional learning, and play during this prolonged period of out-of-school time. For over 24 years, Playworks has worked with elementary schools…

Kids playing outdoors
Kids playing outdoors

May 15, 2020

How schools can approach recess in the 2020 school year ›

How can principals incorporate COVID-19 lessons into recess next school year? 1. Teach games that allow for physical distance. Educators can/should intentionally plan recesses that enable kids to play while meeting expectations for social or physical distance. 2. Prepare for virtual game facilitation. Kids can continue to have access to play during the school day…