Playworks

So it appears that helping kids learn to play together better, that is, to move more, and to include everyone, is a huge benefit to the schools themselves.  Recess can be worth more than PE, according to CNN:

Play is not an indulgent diversion from what’s really important. It enhances what’s most important in our lives — relationships, school performance and even brain development.

At schools using Playworks, there were fewer cases of bullying. Students felt safer at Playworks schools. While Playworks was not created as an anti-bullying program, it has emerged as a promising tool to create safe settings for student learning.

Kids in Playworks schools also spend more time in vigorous physical activity, and schools did not have to juggle their class schedule to add more P.E. In the national push to get kids moving, recess, not P.E., is looking like the answer.

For teachers, Playworks is the gift that keeps on giving. With Playworks staff running recess, teachers are freed up to focus on teaching. Then students show up in class ready to learn.

Unfortunately, around here the only thing that matters is the test.  So until Playworks can show improved PSSA scores, it will probably be ignored by school districts.  But maybe PTAs can pick up on it?

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