In an effort to get all students moving and included, we have added a walking track to our blacktop recess area. Each day at outdoor recess, every child must be engaged and moving. If they do not chose to play a game, they chose to walk the track. We have painted a track and students have begun keeping count of their steps. This awareness is a beginning to remind them of the importance of healthy activity throughout the day. It also makes for an inclusive environment. Students who may have less athletic skill or are not as fit, get moving for at least 20 minutes a day. It is also an opportunity for staff, including the principal, to get in their steps while chatting and building relationships with students.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
A select group of teachers worked together to form a recess team. They attended a training and then took it to the next level, painting sections of the play area and creating systems that are carried out each day. They rotate games as needed and also refresh materials and expectations.
How did you accomplish your goals?
This has greatly improved involvement of all students and has reduced recess conflicts, which in turn creates a better learning environment.
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