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Featured Articles by Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

 

10 Tips Grants

10 Tips School Grants

10 Tips for Getting Your School Grant Funded

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

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I first became aware of grant writing as a teacher more than 25 years ago. My first school grant was for $300 for additional teaching supplies. It was a short grant appropriately titled “A Mini-Grant”, and was funded by my district.Some 25 years later, I have written Federal grants, State grants, and foundation grants, most of which were funded.

 

Ten Tips for Getting Your School Grant Funded
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10 Rainy Day Cov New10 Rainy Day Activities for Indoor Recess & PE

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

 

 

 

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10 Rainy Day 2018 Binder
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SPANISH-10 Rainy Day Activities for Indoor Recess
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Slide03250 Teacher Created Brain Breaks

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

Brain Breaks Basic 01222014
Brain Breaks Basic 01222014
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5 tips kid friendly playground5 Tips for a Kid Friendly Playground

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

 

I watched a less popular girl, Allison, walk up to a group of four girls who were playing a game of four-square. As she approached and asked, “Can I play?” she was quickly rebuffed. “The game is closed,” Janey, the ring leader, announced.

Given the school is a
Peaceful Playgrounds’ school, I was surprised at the response because of the “You can’t say, ‘You can’t play’” mantra. Allison, whose disappointment was obvious, turned to play another game. Fortunately, the playground was filled with alternate game choices and two other four-square courts. Allison selected one of those courts and soon was happily involved in another four-square game. This time she didn’t ask, but rather waited in line by the letter D.

5 Tips for a Kid Friendly Playground
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10 tips playground supervision10 Tips for Improving Playground Supervision

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

 

Serious accidents which occur in schools typically happen on the playground. In fact, approximately 200,000 accidents each year send children to the emergency room for treatment of an injury which occurred on the school playground. The following tips will help you to ensure that children are safe on your playground.

1. Adequate Supervision.

The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) recommends that the ratio of adult supervisors to children should mirror the classroom ratios.

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Alternatives to Withholding Recess 1

Alternatives to Withholding Recess 1

64 Alternatives to Withholding Recess

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

 

 

 

 

Given the value of recess in a student’s physical and social development and the need for periodic breaks from classroom instruction, using recess as punishment is inappropriate. Listed below are some alternatives to withholding recess.

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Withholding Recess

Positive Alternatives to Withholding Recess

Positive Alternatives to Withholding Recess

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

 

In 2011 the Centers for Disease Control published a paper entitled, The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity including Physical Education and Academic Performance. The findings speak to the importance of recess in respect to academic performance. “Eight studies looked at the impact of physical activity during recess on academic performance. 59% of the outcomes for recess were positive. “In addition, all eight studies found one or more positive findings suggesting that recess was associated with improvements in attention, concentration, and/or on9 task behavior. “
Given the many documented benefits of recess, it seems counterproductive to withhold recess for discipline reasons. The child who has difficulty sitting still is most likely a child that needs recess to decompress and burn off energy.

 

Positive alternatives to withholding recess
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withholding Recess

Discipline Alternatives to Withholding Recess

Alternatives to Withholding Recess Due to Discipline Reasons

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.

 

Given the value of recess in a student’s physical and social development, coupled with the need for periodic breaks from classroom instruction, using recess as a punishment is inappropriate.Yet, in a national survey of principals, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, more than 75% of principals state that their schools use recess as a discipline technique.

A growing body of research supports the many benefits of physical activity and provides further support for the importance of physical activity in schools that is most often gained in either physical education or recess.2 This report found, “Time spent in recess had a positive relationship or no relationship with, children’s attention, concentration, and/or on-task classroom behavior. All eight studies found one or more positive

 

Discipline alternatives to withholding recess
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10 Altn Tag 8x8Ten Alternatives To Tag

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.

 

Principals and schools continue to give unsatisfactory reviews to tag at recess. Below are 10 game alternatives for elementary school recess.

 

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Physical Activity & the Brain

Physical Activity & the Brain

Physical Activity and The Brain

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

 

“Physical activity has dramatic effects on individuals’ physical, & mental health,” according to Charles Basch in his report, Healthier Students Make Better Learners.  Put simply, educational outcomes are directly influenced by health. It is no surprise that students’ fitness levels continue to be low and obesity and overweight categories in youth continue to climb, presenting cascading and troubling trends toward overall student health and fitness.

 

Physical Activity and the Brain
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Benefits of Physical Activity in School

Benefits of Physical Activity in School

The Benefits of Physical Activity in Schools

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.

 

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 solution for the impulsive child is physical activity. Published in the Obesity Reviews, researchers identified that the brain controls inhibitory control which regulates impulsive behavior. The research also found a link between neurocognitive functions relating to eating behaviors and exercise. In other words, physical activity in school has a positive influence on impulsive eating and actions.

The Benefits of Physical Activity in Schools
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Keeping Kids Cool at School

Keeping Kids Cool at School

Keeping Cool in School:  Too hot for recess?

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.

 

As most of the nation heads back to school facing triple-digit heat, schools face the challenges associated with outdoor recess and overheated classrooms. Principals and physical educators will face daily decisions regarding children’s heat health on the playground.  In this article, we will review some information regarding different playground challenges and solutions to those problems.  Of particular concern to schools is that “kids absorb more heat than adults while sweating less. The result is kids have a greater propensity for heat cramps, exhaustion or heat stroke”, according to Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, also known as the Recess Doctor.

 

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Discipline on the Playground

Discipline on the Playground

Disciplining Children on the Playground

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.

 

Most schools strictly enforce classroom rules and procedures in order to maintain a safe classroom environment for students. When students go to the playground for recess the classroom rules are not adequate for some playground behaviors. For this reason, playground supervisors or paraprofessionals sometimes find themselves without a protocol for handling discipline issues unique to the playground.

When a child misbehaves on the playground the following suggestions may serve as a blueprint for “how to discipline” students in the outdoor less structured environment.

How to discipline on the playground
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Why bullying programs succeed or fail?

Why bullying programs succeed or fail?

Why Bullying Program Succeed or Fail

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D.

 

Natalie is not alone in her experience with school bullying. In fact, all fifty states have passed anti-bullying legislation which is indicative of the growing concern over bullying in schools.

The tipping point has been the school shootings in which three-fourths of the shooters’ school histories are indicative of being a victim of bullying or experiencing on-going harassment.
Additionally, 75% of students who carried weapons at school brought them to attack others because they felt persecuted, bullied, threatened, attacked, or previously injured by others while at school. (Data from the Secret Service Safe Schools Initiative.

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Making the Case for Kids Moving More

Making the Case for Kids Moving More

Making the Case for Kids Moving More

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

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Kids enjoying physical activity.

Physical activity is any bodily exercise that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness. We think of physical activity as burning

energy or calories. For health benefits, physical activity should be of moderate or vigorous intensity, according to the USDA.

Some examples of moderate activities include: walking, biking, gardening, and hiking.

Some examples of vigorous activities include: running, swimming, aerobic exercise, soccer and competitive basketball.

 
Physical Activity: Making the Case for Kids Moving More
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Low Cost High Activity Playgrounds

Low Cost High Activity Playgrounds

Low Cost High Activity Playgrounds

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

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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 the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The findings are important because they show that school playgrounds and day-care centers don’t need expensive playground equipment to keep kids active. The data was collected by researchers from the University Of North Carolina School Of Public Health.

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Are they real? Nature Deficit.

Are they real? Nature Deficit.

Are They Real?  Nature Deficit

Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

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Are They Real?  Nature Deficit
Are They Real? Nature Deficit
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