September 27, 2017

“Now, part of my job is to play with kids” ›

My first year here we lost 178 total suspension days from discipline issues. That’s like a kid a day lost to suspension all year. Last year, after we added the Playworks training, our suspensions dropped to around 44. Now, part of my job is to play with kids and teach them how to play instead…

September 27, 2017

“A very productive academic time (post recess)” ›

We’ve gone from kind of dreading teaching the period right after recess to it being a very productive academic time.

September 25, 2017

“Having Playworks ultimately ensures more instructional time” ›

The bottom line for me is that having Playworks ultimately ensures more instructional time. I have found that the kids who can least afford to spend time in my office are the kids who do spend the most time. Having Playworks provides another opportunity for our kids to not only learn but succeed in school and…

September 25, 2017

“It’s actually nice to walk outside at recess now” ›

When Playworks came to Hamilton two years ago, everything changed. Recess is still unstructured but with guided limits. Kids now choose something fun and active that interests them—there are lots of options. The office referrals sum it up. Before Playworks we had 585 office referrals. Last year we only had 130. And the difference? Recess…

September 25, 2017

“Playworks helps the kids have a great day at school and get exercise” ›

This is my second school where Playworks has been integral to a successful recess. I’d make sure that Playworks is at any school where I’m principal. When kids are focused engaged in playing, they can focus on the academics when they return to class. Playworks helps the kids have a great day at school and get exercise.…

September 25, 2017

“Disciplinary referrals at recess have diminished to nearly zero” ›

Playworks has taken the worst part of the school day at Broadway Elementary and made it into a time that is fun AND productive. Most of our suspensions and disciplinary referrals stemmed from recess. Many students wouldn’t participate in recess at all so that they wouldn’t get hurt. They would sit around the perimeter of…

September 25, 2017

“Students move more, smile more, laugh more” ›

Before Playworks, students were likely to be wandering aimlessly on the playground or hanging out in groups without participating. This lack of purpose led to negative interactions and unhealthy ways of entertaining themselves and the negative attitudes often carried over to the classroom. For me, it comes down to this: Students move more, smile more, laugh more,…

September 25, 2017

“My teachers really appreciate the difference” ›

Thanks to Playworks Coach we haven’t had any injuries from recess all year. The physical conflicts have been greatly reduced. We were able to resolve the conflicts that did occur in a much better way. Now kids go back to class happy and ready to learn. My teachers really appreciate the difference it’s making for…

September 25, 2017

“We saw change within days and that’s a program worth keeping!” ›

Before Playworks there were a lot of conflicts at recess between students. Many arguments would come back inside the school with kids lined up in the office waiting for administrative staff to intervene, rather than being in the classroom learning. Even when students went back to the classroom there were outbursts between students. Since Playworks,…