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Results

“Change is hard when numbers don’t tell the story – emotions do.” – Dr. Debbie Rhea

      

LiiNK students in Chattanooga, Oklahoma, won’t let the mud stop them from finding ways to play. What started as hay bales, horses, and trees, developed into a large farm with cows, horses, and a beautiful garden! This is creativity at work.

Year 1 – Private

Year 2 – Private

Year 1 – Public (3rd Year Overall)

Psychological benefits of recess vs brain breaks
Measures used to collect data

Texas Department of State Health Services Webinars

Webinar 1 – PE & Recess as a Platform for Learning

Webinar 2 – Implementation Strategies for Daily PE and Recess

Webinar 3  – Dedicated Recess and PE are Making a Difference

Webinar 4 – Recess’ Roots in Creating a Foundation for Academic Success

Webinar 5 – Knocking Down Barriers for Outdoor School Physical Activity

LiiNK Presentations

Rhea, D.J. (April, 2016). The Liink Project: Going against the grain of testing through play and character in elementary schools. U.S. Play Coalition Conference. Clemson, South Carolina.

*Rhea, D.J., & Clark, L. (April, 2016). The relationship of added recesses, physical activity levels, and positive emotional states in K-2 aged children. U.S. Play Coalition Conference. Clemson, South Carolina. *student presentation.

Rhea, D.J., Rivchun, A.P., & Bauml, M. (April, 2016). Teachers perceptions of LiiNK project benefits for K-2 children. U.S. Play Coalition Conference. Clemson, South Carolina.

Rhea, D.J., Rivchun, A.P., Lund, E., & Brimo, D. (April, 2016). The LiiNK Project: The effects of play and character development on classroom behaviors and attentional fatigue in public school grades K & 1. U.S. Play Coalition Conference. Clemson, South Carolina.

Bauml, M., Rhea, D.J., & Williams, C. (2016). Authentic Learning in Higher Education: Creating Recess Kits for Kindergartens. ETEN Conference.

*Clark, L., Rhea, D.J., & Rivchun, A.P. (2015). The LiiNK Project: Year 2 Attentional Focus Changes From Multiple Recesses in Private School Grades K-2. TAHPERD Convention. Dallas, Texas.

Rhea, D.J., & Rivchun, A.P.  (2015). The LiiNK Project: Year 2 Attentional Focus Changes From Multiple Recesses in Private School Grades K-2. TAHPERD Convention. Dallas, Texas.

Rhea, D.J., & Chadwell, J. (Oct., 2015). The Liink Project: Putting Play, Character Development, and Academic Content in Perspective- Public Schools. TASA Convention. Austin, Texas.

Rhea, D.J., & Nigaglioni, I. (Oct., 2015). Outdoor Play = Outdoor Learning. CEFPI 2015 Annual Conference & Expo. San Diego, CA.

Rhea, D.J., Rivchun, A., & Heefner, H. (March, 2015). Effects of Multiple Recess Intervention on Off-Task Behaviors and Attentional Focus in Children. Shape America 2015 Convention. Seattle, WA.

Rhea, D.J., Rivchun, A.P., & Heefner, H. (Feb., 2015). The Liink Project: The effects of play and character development on classroom behaviors in K-2 children. U.S. Play Coalition 2015 Conference on the Value of Play.  Clemson University. Clemson, South Carolina.

Rhea, D.J. (Feb, 2015). The Liink Project: Putting Play, Character Development, Creative Time, and Academic Content in Perspective.  U.S. Play Coalition 2015 Conference on the Value of Play. Featured Speaker on the Liink Project. Clemson University. Clemson, South Carolina.

Rhea, D.J., & Rivchun, A.P. (2014). State of Elementary PE: The Influence of Recess and Character Development. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD), Galveston, TX.

Rhea, D. J., & Rivchun, A.P. (2014). Adherence of a multiple recess intervention and its impact on attentional focus in children. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD), Galveston, TX.

Rhea, D. J. (2012).  Developing an Educational Model for Texas Schools through Finnish Lessons.  TAHPERD Scholar Lecture. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD), Galveston, TX.

LiiNK Publications

Rhea, D. J. (Sep, 2016). Imagine a child as a tree: Fertilize with unstructured, outdoor play, and character development. Camping Magazine, 36-40. http://liinkproject.tcu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/RheaAmericanCampAssociationImagineachildasatreeSept.pdf

Rhea, D.J., & Nigaglioni, I. (Feb, 2016). Outdoor Playing = Outdoor Learning. Educational Facility Planner Journal.

Rhea, D.J. (Jan, 2016).  Recess: The forgotten classroom. Instructional Leader Journal, 29 (1), 1-4.

Rhea, D.J., Rivchun, A.P., & Pennings, J. (Summer, 2016). The Liink Project: Implementation of a Recess and Character Development Pilot Study with Grades K & 1 Children. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance Journal (TAHPERD).

Rhea, D.J. (September, 2015). Why young kids need less class time — and more play time — at school. Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/08/21/why-young-kids-need-less-class-time-and-more-play-time-at-school/

Rhea, D.J. (April, 2014). What Finland Knows and TVS Implements: Liink Project. TVS Trojan Voice. http://faculty.trinityvalleyschool.org/sduncan/TrojanVoiceSpring2014/.

Rhea, D.J. (Feb, 2014).  More Play, Better Education. Education Week,  http://www.edweek.org * http://www.TopSchoolJobs.org.