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Student Leaders Improve Recess

Megan Wiecek,   Calvert Elementary
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership

Recess times were not being utilized by a large number of students for actual physical activity. Our FUTP 60 team organized an assembly for the school to introduce different activities that were unique and fun for each grade level. We focused on implementing activities for small numbers that were easy for students to organize and monitor. We have seen increased active participation during recess times and have even gained administrative support in returning to a model of two activity times per day, with one session of teacher-directed activity and one student-choice recess break.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Fuel Up to Play 60 team decided which activity was best fitted to intermediate and primary grades. Students organized who would be presenting each activity at the assembly. Team has taken responsibility for ensuring recess materials are cleaned up and accessible each day.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Increased participation during recess times. Implementation of teacher-directed play in addition to recess period.

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

Planning playground assembly for beginning of next school year. Discussing ways to fund additional equipment for recess activities.