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.
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.
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...
Recruit Older Students as Leaders
Student leaders help make recess safe, inclusive, and fun for everyone. Learn how assigning roles supports a smoother recess.
Manage Groups of All Sizes
Connect with and understand your students to better manage transitions and other moments in large groups.
Manage and Organize Your Recess Equipment
Cut down on chaos and encourage better play, with simple equipment management systems.
Set Up Age-Appropriate Games
Help students of all ages get the most out of recess with games right for their level.