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Dodge ball and relay races at recess are curbing bullying at some schools

from DNAinfo

Kevin Goodman, the principal of Morrisania's P.S. 66, wanted a more positive way to curb unruly behavior and fights during recess. So, this year he brought in a "play coach" from nonprofit Asphalt Green, who is creating a more organized recess with games such as dodge ball, jump rope and relay races. Already Goodman is seeing kids demonstrate greater patience and the ability to take turns, collaborate and share at a school. It's a big shift at a school where only 34 percent of teachers said that order and safety were maintained at the school — which is significantly lower than the citywide average of 82 percent — according to last year's Department of Education school survey. more

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