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In Finland, students and teachers typically take a 15-minute break following every 45 minutes of instruction.
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
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"Play is a really important peaceable moment for kids to deconstruct those stereotypes, have conversations about them, and eventually challenge them altogether.” - Crystal Knight.

Meet Recess Rock Star Crystal Knight: http://www.playworks.org/about/recess-rock-stars/crystal-knight
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Do you know someone who is looking for rewarding work in schools in need? Tell them to apply now at www.playworks.org/coach #AmeriCorps #nationalservice
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We're searching for a new Graphic Designer! Apply today to work in a very fun environment with coworkers who know how to play hard and work hard to make a difference in kids' lives. Position located in Oakland, CA.
The Graphics Designer-Web Production Manager position has a dual role scope, primarily responsible for design strategy and execution of all marketing and communications-related print and digital creative, as well as oversight of content management (CMS) and design of Web features for Playworks.org.
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Teachers in Playworks schools report less bullying and exclusionary behavior during recess: http://www.playworks.org/news/playworks-recess-much-more-than-break-in-the-day
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"Play gives children a change to practice what they are learning." - #MrRogers   #quote   #playmatters  
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Do you remember playing outside until the street lights came on?
When my children were little I would tell them to go outside and play for 30 minutes. I would call my neighbor friends who would tell their children the same thing. We were fortunate that all the parents in the neighborhood believed in the benefit of outdoor play. We emphasized the 30-minute rule. The children went outside in all types
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Don't forget to play today.

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Get off the vido games and go play out side!!!.
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How do you stay healthy at your desk job?
In case you haven't heard, sitting is the new smoking. And to make matters worse, it appears that no level of physical activity undoes the damage of too many sedentary hours. But what's the average desk jockey to do? While some employers spring fo...
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"When you take the time to build a really healthy culture of play, then it fundamentally changes kids' attitudes about being at school." -+Jill Vialet
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At Playworks, we like to celebrate and appreciate people with playful claps. Sending you a strong clap today.
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The game of the month is Ball Toss Race. Great for getting to know names, Ball Toss Race can also be a fun challenge for a new group to learn to work together -- especially by adding more balls. Have you played?
The leader begins by throwing, rolling or bouncing a ball (depending on the age and skill level) to another player while saying the other person’s name loudly. Explain that it is very important to remember who you have passed the ball to.Keep passing the ball around the circle so that everyone has received the ball one time.
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We create a place for every kid on the playground -- a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is a part of the game.

Principals tell us that nearly all discipline-related problems in school occur during lunch and recess. Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn, the kids return to class upset and unable to focus.

We can change this. Recess should be fun and energetic and safe and inclusive for everyone. Isn't that what we want for all kids in elementary school today?

When recess becomes a healthy, integral part of the school day, kids carry that positive experience with them beyond the playground.