Ali decided that it is unacceptable that students were being punished for not having the social skills needed to play outside rather than them being taught these skills. She believes in a school where children are able to feel safe outside, but at the start of the year, the reality was that there were significant behavioural issues in the playground at recess and lunch. The root cause she changed was the lack of social skills in her learners.
Ali co-created ‘The Hive’ with some of her students – a flexible learning space available at recess and lunch for kids to hang out and develop their social skills.
They transformed an old, disused classroom into a welcoming space with couches, games and computers. The children helped design the space and chose the name. The Hive is now open every recess and lunch for children to come and relax, play and hang out with friends or discuss issues with Ali, their teacher.
Whilst most kids choose to come to The Hive, some are encouraged to do so if they are struggling to make positive choices outside.
About 30 kids visit The Hive every day. Through setting up The Hive, Ali has made the playground calmer for 195 students. Kids like this one..
“One of our most challenging students, an 8 year old, came storming into The Hive saying “I’m so angry but I didn’t bash them. I’ve come to The Hive instead”. We had worked with this student to identify The Hive as a safe space and she now hasn’t had a behavioural incident outside in the playground all term.”
Hive Five, Ali.
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Ali would love your support for The Hive, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Ali and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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