Recess Check Up Week

  1. Updates

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not.

Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of play. Explore how improvements on the playground can impact the entire day at your school, then take the Recess Checkup, an online quiz designed to help you identify strengths and uncover areas for improvement.

The Recess Checkup focuses on the three areas we’ve found to be most essential for all schools – safety, empowerment, and engagement. Answer questions about what’s happening in your school, and see how you’re doing and how to take steps to ensure a safe, active, and fun play culture.

From April 22-26, K-6 teachers and principals who take the Recess Checkup will get access to free resources and the chance to win one of five subscriptions to PlayworksU.

Take the Checkup

More Updates


September 17, 2019

Playworks Junior Coach Program named in DOJ’s ‘Promising Program’ ›

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed evidence of the Playworks Coach program and found that the program met the criteria for a Promising Program intended to improve school attendance.  The DOJ invests in reviewing research that shows programs positively impact attendance because higher rates of kids attending school “prevents or reduce crime, delinquency, or…

Children actively playing during recess
Children actively playing during recess

September 3, 2019

Proactively Manage Your Classroom ›

Keeping the attention of energetic kids is challenging. But, it’s also an opportunity to build relationships and have some fun. Take a proactive approach to group management with these tips: Get creative with secret handshakes One-on-one conversations, silly claps, cheers, get-to-know-you games, and compliments are great ways to build rapport and mutual respect. Consider learning…

July 26, 2019

Allianz Life Corporate Play Day ›

“Teach Me How To Play” Day with Allianz Life Allianz Life employees have joined Playworks Minnesota in numerous give-back events. At Earle Brown Elementary, Allianz Life employees volunteered for a Play Day of encouragement, role modeling, and kickball. Thank you Allianz Life for your ongoing partnership and support in making such a positive impact on the lives of students…