California Educator

May / June 2016

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W H E N T H E B E L L rings for recess at Joyner Elementary School, students rush out of their classrooms, eager to go to various stations on the playground where they can play Wizard Tag, four square, volleyball, dodgeball, or a game of basketball called Knockout. e games differ, but the lingo used by players is the same. At Joyner Elementary in Los Angeles, fifth- grade teacher Raquel Williams interacts with students at recess. Play during schooltime improves students' behavior — and academic performance By SHERRY POSNICK- GOODWIN Photos by SCOTT BUSCHMAN 20

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