Tackling Challenging Behaviors on the Playground/ Recess

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Wow Statistics!

Problem behavior in non-classroom settings (hallways, cafeteria, playground, common areas) accounts for 50% of all problem behavior in schools.                Colvin, Sugai, Good, & Lee (1997)

A study of four-year-old girls and boys revealed that attention to classroom tasks was greater following sustained outdoor play periods.
Holmes, R. M., Pellegrini, A. D., & Schmidt, S. L. (2006).

The results of one two-year study found that providing a safe play space (with
attendants to ensure safety) for inner-city schoolchildren resulted in 84% more
physically active children compared to children in a comparable neighborhood.
Parley, T. A., Meriwether, R. A., Baker, E. T., Watkins, L. T., Johnson, C. C., &
Webber, L. S. (2007).

A play program for 10- and 11-year old students consisting of a weekly two-hour, adult-guided session yielded significant increases in the students’ verbal creativity and graphic–figural creativity.
Garaigordobil, M. (2006).

Big Idea

Structuring playground or area-specific interventions should center around the development of pro-social skills not just reducing challenging behavior.                         Lewis, Powers, Kelk, & Newcomer (2002)

The Big Picture Articles/ Activities on Recess

A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Recess Implementation

Playground- Make recess a time of joy and learning

Recess Tool Kit

MAXIMIZING RECESS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Written by: Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.

Teaching Transition Techniques for Promoting Success Between Lessons (Includes going and returning from recess)

Free Recess Related Webinars from Peaceful Playgrounds

Play and Recess -Prepared by – Jeffrey L. Charvat, PhD

A Recess Before Lunch Policy Implementation Guide

Playworks Lesson Plans 390 pages!

*Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd Edition by Eric Jensen Chapter 4. Movement and Learning (Great read with research annotations – ASCD)*

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Make Zones

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Zone Resources

Fit & Fun Playscapes games stencils

School Playground Stencils

SCHOOL RECESS PARTNERS

Playworks – Why

PBIS Strategies

Whole School Lesson Plan on Recess Respect Lesson Plan

Teaching Recess

Good Example of expectations in different areas of the school

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Power Point

Success at Recess and Other Unstructured Times

RECESS TOOLS

RECESS PLANNING IN SCHOOLS A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice – January 2017 CDC

Supervision Self-Assessment (PDF)f423bbff22619f1b8ce86b9f150c5ed8

Social Stories

Tons of Social Stories

Social Story (Source)

RECESS

After lunch we go to recess.

Sometimes recess is on the playground.

A lot of the children play on the playground equipment.

It is fun to play on the playground equipment.

Everyone should play safely.

When the whistle blows that means it is time to line up and go inside.

I will try to line up as soon as the whistle blows.

This will make my teachers happy.

After I line up I will try to stay in line.

Everyone will be proud of me!

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