William J. MurphyPrincipal, Hamilton Elementary/Middle SchoolBaltimore, Maryland
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 has gone from a time that almost always takes away from instruction—to one that supports learning. The skills students learn at recess, like conflict resolution, have enhanced their ability to cooperate in the classroom.
It’s actually nice to walk outside at recess now. Thank you Playworks.