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 conflict on their own
Help your kids settle disagreements with these proven conflict resolution techniques.
Power up your Recess Team
The recess team is the team of adults present at and responsible for recess periods at a school. The purpose of the recess team is to ensure...
Move from game-to-game at recess
One of the greatest challenges of monitoring hundreds of students at recess is making sure that all the students are safely engaged with an ...
Make rock, paper, scissors a habit
Most problems on the playground start as minor conflicts. We’ve found that consistent use of the game rock paper scissors reduces conflicts....
Rethink game rules & boundaries
Unclear game rules and boundaries not only create an unsafe environment they also mean students may be excluded from play. When boundaries a...
Promote positive communication
One common challenge on school playgrounds is the use of disrespectful and non inclusive language or behavior. Although this can be frustrat...
Set simple recess guidelines
Rather than hampering play, clear rules allow kids the freedom to enjoy the playground with confidence.
Recruit older students as leaders
Student leaders help make recess safe, inclusive, and fun for everyone. Learn how assigning roles supports a smoother 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.