A positive playground story from Coach Ryan
Playworks has the power to bring out the best in every kid! Fun and safe play can positively impact each student’s development, no matter his or her background. The following instance displays how friendly competition among students can lead to healthier lifestyle changes even outside of recess.
Getting 5th grade girls to participate at recess can sometimes be difficult. Playing tag has gotten them involved from time to time, but it doesn’t seem to last. Recently, a few of the girls received fitbits from family members and the students absolutely love tracking their steps throughout the day. Luckily, I have one myself and for a few weeks they would come up to me to see where I was for my step count. Every time I would be much further along than they were because I am outside pretty much all day. To get them more involved, I started an incentive system with these students. If any of them could out step me by the end of the day then I would do different things, like do a funny dance, tell them a joke, or give them Gotcha Cards, which are the school incentives for prizes. This has become very popular at the school and has been especially impactful for the girls because it has gotten more students to join the competition. It is also great because they know that they need to start bright and early if they want to keep up with me. A couple of parents told me that they have noticed an increase in active play and active movement from their children at home. It is great to hear that students are being productive outside of school.