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ERIC Number: EJ823094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
The Elephant on the Playground
Vialet, Jill
Principal, v88 n2 p38-41 Nov-Dec 2008
Many school principals say that the toughest part of the day is recess. That's because recess is when most trouble starts. When the author asked one principal recently about recess, she promptly rattled off a list of headaches, such as "the teasing, the fights, the bullying, the injuries, the referrals." In this article, the author describes Sports4Kids, an informal experiment conducted at more than 130 schools to see what happens when trained adults are on the playground at recess. The experiment revealed that having adults supervise student games at recess can transform the entire school climate. A five-point plan is outlined, including: (1) Map the schoolyard; (2) Teach everyone the rock-paper-scissors game for problem-solving; (3) Teach group signals and game rules to individual classrooms or smaller student groups; (4) Play outside with the students and encourage other adults to do the same; and (5) Give kids responsibilities. The author concludes that incorporating such techniques can help transform recess into an integral and positive force in child development. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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