Partner physical education is bringing together students of all abilities

Originally published April 23, 2019 by Q13 Fox.

In just its second year, a class is bringing together students of all abilities. The program called Partner Physical Education is happening in some Seattle Public Schools and its impact goes beyond the gym.

For many, PE is about building confidence and making connections. It’s on display, everywhere you look at this PE class at Eckstein Middle School. Students with disabilities are paired with general education students. The goal is to make sure the class moves at a pace that works for everyone. Read More

The key to good mental health? Physical activity

Originally published June 6, 2019 by TES.com.

By Tara Porter

When talking about the importance of ensuring mental health provision in schools, how often do we look to the PE department for answers? It may come as a surprise, but I believe that PE teachers can hold responsibility not just for physical health, but for mental health too.

There is a growing body of research emerging about the positive impact physical activity has on mental wellbeing. Indeed, we might surmise that finding a sport, exercise or some physical activity that young people will love and take part in for life, might be the singular most important thing a school can do to ensure a young person leads a mentally-well life. Read More

Macomber teacher Teresa Mahjoory shines in SEL challenge

Originally published May 12, 2019 in The Herald News.

By Linda Murphy

As Alice A. Macomber Primary School physical education teacher Teresa Mahjoory proves, there’s more than one way to bring social-emotional wellness to her students.

In fact, Mahjoory slipped social-emotional wellness initiatives into just about every facet of the school day, handily landing the school in first place for the 8th annual Greater Fall River School Fitness Challenge. With the $500 prize, she plans to bring another element to the school that will promote social-emotional wellness: an outdoor classroom in an unused grassy area adjacent to the building. Read More

Children miss out on making friends amid shorter school break times, study finds

Originally published May 10, 2019 in The Independent.

By Eleanor Busby

Children are missing out on opportunities to make friends, socialise and exercise after school break times have been cut by as much as an hour over the past two decades, research finds.

The study, by University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Education, warns of a near “virtual elimination” of afternoon breaks, especially in secondary schools, and shorter lunch breaks. Read More

Barnes selected to be part of Recess Rocks in R.I. initiative

Originally published April 19, 2019 in the Johnston Sunrise.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), Playworks New England and the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) have added the first Johnston school to their roster of schools participating in the statewide #RecessRocksinRI initiative.

Barnes Elementary School joins a group of 80 total #RecessRocksinRI schools increasing physical activity and building social/emotional skills through the power of play. Read More