Featured Articles by Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

10 Tips Grants10 Tips for Getting Your School Grant Funded

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.  READ MORE

10 Rainy Day Activities for Indoor Recess & PE

Today although a nuisance, there are many positive activities appropriate for rainy days that keep kids active and burn off excess energy allowing students to focus and sit during afternoon lessons.

I’ve scanned the list for activities that could be conducted for indoor recess or physical education activities on inclement days.  READ MORE

Legal issues in schoolsLegal Issues Impacting the Playground

 In this article, I will share with you some words of wisdom I have learned serving as an expert. One key in all these cases has been whether Administration implemented and maintained active supervision.


Can playgrounds be safe?

Playgrounds Can Be Safe

“As a  playground supervisor at an elementary school for six years, grade school playgrounds are not for the meek!” says Janis Dingwall, Cedarhurst Elementary School, Seattle.  READ MORE

Playgrounds designed for learning

Playgrounds Designed for Learning

An ever-constant mantra in teaching is “what is the learning objective?”  Is your playground a place designed for learning?  When I was a principal, I remember an experience while observing a classroom of 3rd graders.    READ MORE

Magic Moments in Sports

This is my granddaughter Kaelyn.  “She recently participated in some “magic moments in youth sports”.  She actively engages in recreational basketball and competitive swimming for her City’s swim team.  She experienced some of these magic moments recently which I’ll share with you later in the article.  READ MORE

Recess Solutions Covid-19

Recess Solutions: How to offer a safe recess during a pandemic

Schools across the nation are returning to classrooms, lunchrooms, and playgrounds to find that much has changed since the school closed in March. Each setting will require a set of procedures and protocols in order to keep students safe.   READ MORE

Schools Role in Childhood Obesity

During President Obama’s first term, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her strategy for tackling the nation’s childhood obesity crisis.  READ MORE


Recess Makes Kids Smarter

Recess Makes Kids Smarter

We know that kids love recess.  But until recently, we didn’t know why it made kids smarter.

According to a second-grader, Allison Rincand, her favorite activity at school,   “Recess because I get to play with my friends.”  Her response mirrors the majority of children in elementary school where over 80% of students rate recess as their favorite subject.  READ MORE

Why play?  The Importance of Play

For the generation of Americans that lived by the daily adage, “you must come inside when the street lights come on,” the importance of play was intuitive and occurred naturally in the course of everyday American life.  READ  MORE


10 Reasons Why Recess is so Important

1) Recess is important because it serves as a necessary break from the rigors of concentrated, academic challenges in the classroom. It also offers cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits that may not be fully appreciated when a decision is made to diminish it. Pediatrics, Dec. 31, 2012.  READ MORE  

5 tips kid friendly playground5 Tips for a Kid-Friendly Playground

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.  READ MORE

10 tips playground supervision10 Tips for Improving Playground Supervision

Serious accidents that 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 that occurred on the school playground. The following tips will help you to ensure that children are safe on your playground.  The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) recommends that the ratio of adult supervisors to children should mirror the classroom ratios.  READ MORE

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64 Alternatives to Withholding Recess

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.  READ MORE

Withholding Recess

Positive Alternatives to Withholding Recess

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. “  READ MORE

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