I find it interesting the different types of activities being played during our "free time" of DPA. We have primarily girls playing tether ball; a group of quite athletic boys playing "Bump" basketball; two or three other boys taking basketball shots together on a side court; a few kids on the swings; two playing/walking in the gravel field; and two on the playground, standing and talking.
These groupings have been relatively consistent for the past week or two. I wonder if they will change and what will bring about that change. I think basketball is partly popular now because we have been playing and practicing basketball during PE; therefore, there is some influence from school-based activities on their free time. Having said that, basketball seems to generally be a popular sport, as well as soccer (although that hasn't been played for quite some time now.)
Again, I believe letting students choose their own activities and groupings gives them the responsibility to make decisions on how to play, as well as resolve any conflicts that may arise.
Daniel H. Lee
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