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Time Out

Gabrielle Smith,   Bellevue Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation

I allow my students to ask for a Time Out during their day. I have many students who seem to constantly have extra energy. Usually, a 10 minute break that consists of hard work will get them refocused on learning. I have teamed up with the gym teacher and he knows that if one of my students shows up in his gym, he is supposed to put them to work.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

I had some students who wanted to take advantage of the Time Out system. I had to monitor the requests and for some students, I had to take away the Time Outs for a period of time.

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

I am hoping that because the Time Out system is limited to a certain number of students, I will be able to implement a different system that can easily accommodate more students at one time.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I have to be trusting of my students to know when they need a Time Out. I also have to work closely with the gym teacher to ensure that my students are going to the gym (and not playing in the halls). I also have to know if my student was successful in the gym setting. I then ask my student's General Education teacher how successful my student was once they came back to class.