November 13, 2018

Less Time Arguing, More Time Playing ›

Junior Coach Nyyon is a ro-sham-bo rockstar! Anytime a conflict comes up, particularly during games like foursquare and switch, she is quick to step in and remind students to use ro-sham-bo to resolve the problem and get back to playing. Roshambo, also called rock, paper, scissors, is a quick game of chance kids can play…

November 13, 2018

Learning About Kindness Through Safe and Healthy Play ›

At the school where I am a Playworks Coach, the students and I talked about how we can be respectful by being safe and kind while playing. We discussed the importance of showing respect by apologizing and checking in with others when accidents happen, such as when we bump into each other at tag. Recently,…

November 13, 2018

The First Time Feeling Included Through Foursquare ›

The foursquare court is often the scene of heated recess debates, but it doesn’t have to be. As a Playworks Coach, I get to teach kids how to play together in ways that prevent conflict during “class game time” with each grade. During a recent lesson, I asked my students if they knew the definition…

November 12, 2018

Teaching Conflict Resolution Doesn’t Have to be Complicated ›

Kermit is a natural leader in his class, and all of the kids want to be his friend. During our weekly class game time, I taught Kermit’s class how to play a game called Roshambo Red Light Green Light that combines the best of two Playworks favorites. The kids loved playing the game and cheering…

November 12, 2018

Playworks’ Values Extend Beyond the Playground ›

My first experience with Playworks was on a recess site visit in my capacity as a public health professional. I witnessed how a structured school play environment can also be child affirming, joyous, and a place for leadership development. Years ago as an AmeriCorps member, I had been a playground “Duty” and recess never looked…

November 12, 2018

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work ›

To the kids at the school where I was a Playworks Coach, being a positive team player wasn’t always the popular thing to do. When I was tasked with coaching the boys basketball team, I learned quickly that I had my work cut out for me. A majority of the kids had never played organized…

November 12, 2018

Playworks Helps Make Leadership a Family Tradition ›

Junior Coach Natalie is making Playworks a family tradition. From the very first day, she knew the rules to almost every game, and even some cheers her Playworks coach didn’t know. It turns out Natalie had been learning what it means to be a Junior Coach since seeing her older sister Abby serve in the…

November 12, 2018

Playground Aide Turned Recess Hero ›

Sharifa Mohamed has worked as a noon hour aide for the last five years. The same group of enthusiastic aides had been on their school’s playground for years, helping to provide a safe space for kids to laugh, learn, and play. Sharifa had a passion for working with children and approached Playworks eager for more…

November 12, 2018

Perseverance Help Achieve Goals ›

Austin is the smallest kid in his grade. He is sometimes teased by his peers, but he has a determined attitude and is confident he can do anything he if he practices. I encouraged Austin to sign up for the intramural volleyball team I lead as his school’s Playworks Coach. At the first day of…