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Right to Recess Campaign

Saving School Recess Put simply we  believe that all children have a right to recess. Saving Recess Experts agree that playtime can be just as vital as classroom time to a child’s social, emotional and educational development. Despite mounting evidence that kids need an outlet to blow off steam, learn to interact with [...]

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Low Cost Playgrounds Can Result in High Levels of Activity

"Peaceful Playgrounds: An engaging recess solution." Low-Cost High Activity School Playgrounds on the Rise Keep It Simple Simple playthings such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and riding toys, do more for encouraging physical activity on school playgrounds than swings, jungle gyms and other "stationary" or "fixed" playground equipment, according to a recent report in [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:12-07:00December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, featured posts, playground, Recess|Comments Off on Low Cost Playgrounds Can Result in High Levels of Activity

Recess is on the Upswing

America’s favorite pastime may be baseball but for children in school, it's definitely recessed! Just ask a group of students their favorite subject in school and you’re sure to get a loud enthusiastic array of “recess”! And much to the delight of students and parents alike, recess appears to be on the upswing. In 1998, [...]

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Recess Before Lunch

Thinking about recess before lunch?  These resources will help. As you may know, I’m a retired principal but I’d be the first to admit that changing the education system is a lot like turn a huge cruise ship in a small harbor. Possible but not probable and it requires lots of maneuvering. However, a few [...]

By |2019-03-16T06:57:15-07:00December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, Recess, Resources|1 Comment

Case Study Could Shape Physical Education Across the Nation

A professional perspective based on Case Study: Lessons from Los Angeles, in the Journal of Public Health Policy (2009) For years physical educators across the country have advocated for daily physical education for their students. Legislators have joined the bandwagon and passed legislation mandating physical education for most K-12 grade students throughout CA and across [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:12-07:00December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, PE|Comments Off on Case Study Could Shape Physical Education Across the Nation

Lessons Learned Educating a Community

A Community Playground Project                         [jwplayer mediaid="521"] Last summer, I spent 5 days in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the height of summer, in a record setting heat wave painting playground games on the blacktop. One of those days it was a mere 105 degrees.  [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:12-07:00December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, PE, Recess|Comments Off on Lessons Learned Educating a Community

10 Rainy and Snow Day Activities for Indoor Recess

  I’ve scanned the list of activities that could be conducted for indoor recess or physical education activities on inclement days.   Indoor Activities for Getting Kids Active In School Activity Breaks- These three-five minute physical activity ideas can be incorporated into any classroom. Here are some examples of how to get your students moving. [...]

By |2018-02-24T10:07:56-07:00December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, PE, Recess|1 Comment

Schools Role in the Childhood Obesity Crisis

  First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her strategy for tackling the nation’s childhood obesity crisis. Mrs. Obama’s initiative is called Let's Move, and includes a website with tools and background on the initiative. Her speech was informative and inspiring. One quote was particularly compelling. “We can’t build the future for our youth, but we can [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:13-07:00December 6th, 2012|Childhood Obesity Crisis, Featured Articles, Nutrition|Comments Off on Schools Role in the Childhood Obesity Crisis

Why Bullying Programs Succeed or Fail

This is a poem written by Natalie, a high school student about bullying. I used to get bullied, and I didn’t know what to do  I wouldn’t want to come to school  I’d pretend I had the flu But now things are so different School’s a better place to be Because of the peer mentors [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:13-07:00December 6th, 2012|Bullying, Featured Articles|Comments Off on Why Bullying Programs Succeed or Fail

The Benefits of Physical Activity in Schools

The benefits of Physical Activity in Schools Most classrooms have at least one impulsive child and in my experience, some classes have more than one. These impulsive children are frequently in trouble and display sincere regret for their actions... repeatedly. When teaching, I wondered, "Will they ever learn?" A new study suggests that a simple [...]

By |2018-11-20T12:47:47-07:00December 6th, 2012|Featured Articles, Physical Activity, Schools|Comments Off on The Benefits of Physical Activity in Schools

Pedometers for Kids: Tracking Physical Activity

You can "count on" this tiny physical activity tool to keep track of your activity. According to the United States Surgeon General, “We have a health crisis affecting every city, state, community, and school across America. The crisis is obesity. It is the fastest growing cause of disease and death in America. However, it is [...]

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School Wide Discipline : What works?

School Wide Discipline:  What Works? School wide discipline plan finds a student at chalk board reviewing the behavior rules. In an election year, it is important to acknowledge that for approximately 20 years, the Annual Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools has identified school wide discipline was one of [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:14-07:00December 6th, 2012|Bullying, Featured Articles, Schools|Comments Off on School Wide Discipline : What works?

Bullying Prevention: Life Lessons on Good and Evil

Bullying Prevention As you may know, last month I attended a gathering of like minded individuals called Hero Camp. During the Hero Camp discussions, I kept reflecting on how school mirrors society and schools are a laboratory for life’s lessons. In particular, school campus provides us the microcosm of “evil”, played out as bullying, versus [...]

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How Teachers Should Respond to Bullying

  Setting the stage for responding to bullying: First, it is important to acknowledge that students rarely bully victims in front of an adult. The chance of a teacher observing bullying is limited. Furthermore, research indicates that only 56% of students report that they have personally observed bullying at school.[1] Therefore, since it is unlikely [...]

By |2017-12-27T14:42:15-07:00December 6th, 2012|Bullying, Featured Articles, featured posts|Comments Off on How Teachers Should Respond to Bullying
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