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BUDDY FIELD

By
shelly vosburg,   Elm Grove Elementary School
Play:
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation
It’s about including everyone and making new friends. In order to address this Play, the Leaders decided to designate a “Buddy Field”. They made a sign to help locate it. The idea is to encourage students to include all and/or choose a new or different friend to play with at recess (Habit 1: Be Proactive). This re-enforces our WIG in the upper grades: “Caring”. To help someone, encourage them, include them. “Synergize”, Think “Win-Win”, “Sharpen the Saw”. If a student plays with a different/new friend, they will be allowed to get a Habit Hero ticket. The students will write their name and their new friend’s name on the ticket. The tickets are displayed on the Buddy Wall in the hall for everyone to see that they are a Habit Hero!

How did you accomplish your goals?

The FUTP 60 Leaders got together and brainstormed ideas to include all students at recess. There was already a Buddy Bench, but no incentive to use it. They came up with the idea of a Buddy Field. If you played in this area, everyone would be included, no one would be excluded. They also came up with a ticket: Habit Hero (since we are a 7 Habits School), to give students incentives to play and include new and different friends.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students designed a sign so students could locate the field. They painted it and put it up. I, their advisor, went online with the Technologist and designed the template for the ticket. The students came up with the title and wording. We put up a Buddy Wall bulletin board in the hallway to display the tickets.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We printed Hero tickets and handed them out to all the classroom teachers. The teachers placed them in their room where the students can go and get them (Honor System). We didn’t want the classroom teacher to have to do any extra work. This would be all Student Led. The students will fill them out and the ticket, with their name and their new buddy, will be displayed on the Buddy Wall for everyone to see that they are a “Habit Hero” in the hallways.