Transform Your Recess
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Get Adults Participating
Teacher and staff participation has a big influence on how students engage and behave on the playground.
Use Positive Language
Small encouragements on the playground can change how kids behave in and out of the classroom.
Teach Students to Resolve Conflicts on Their Own
Help your kids settle disagreements with these proven conflict resolution techniques.
Make Rock Paper Scissors a Habit
Most problems on the playground start as minor conflicts. Consistent use of Rock Paper Scissors reduces these disagreements and keeps them f...
Set Simple Recess Guidelines
Rather than hampering play, clear rules allow kids the freedom to enjoy the playground with confidence.
Include a Variety of Games at Every Recess
Setting up rotational, group, and independent games for different styles of play creates a safe space for every student at recess.
Create Smoother Transitions at Recess
Shorter transition times reduce conflicts and improve outcomes for both students and staff.
Focus the Attention of a Group
Put down that blowhorn: Try these playful exercises to help with group management and focus.
Helpful Ideas for Unconventional Recess Environments
Whether your playspace is small or large, indoor or outdoor, there are ways to guarantee a great recess.
Power Up Your Recess Team
Recess Team: the team of adults present at and responsible for recess periods at a school. Recess Teams ensure that: Recess is running smoo...
Move from Game to Game
Making sure that all students are safely engaged with an activity or game is challenging. If adults are stationary, it’s easy for recess to...
Rethink Game Rules & Boundaries
Why do we encourage clear game rules and boundaries? They create safe environments and provide opportunities for all students to join in pla...
Promote Positive Communication
Have you every heard disrespectful or noninclusive language on the playground? This is a common challenge, but it is also an opportunity. Yo...