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Lakeview Elementary School

Lakeview Instructional Assistants received training in the Playworks program. Lakeview and Playworks have had an ongoing partnership for several years. Although the Playworks program focuses primarily on recess activities and behaviors, the benefits carry over into the classroom.

The base of Playworks program is Safety – physical and emotional safety for our students. When children feel safe we can move on to the second level – Engagement – engaging with friends and staff members, engaging in activities and play. The peak is helping the children feel Empowered

Tools used to create this pyramid are staff, systems, and games.  When these are in place, children know what to expect on the playground, contributing to their sense of safety. This training allows the staff members to work together, using the same systems and procedures to provide a safe, comfortable environment on the playground.

According to Playworks,

A Better Recess Can Provide

Conflict Resolution Recess doesn’t have to be chaotic. At a better recess, kids acquire tools to work out disagreements and differences.

Leadership Skills When they’re playing amongst their peers, kids have a valuable opportunity to develop a sense of fairness, confidence, and communication.

Academic Success Kids who are engaged during recess are more likely to participate in class, which means better attendance and better grades.

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