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Significantly Reduce Playground Discipline Problems. Bureau Of Education & Research. Program Overview. Introduction Basic Behavior Management Supervision, Scanning and Movement Developing a Playground Discipline Plan Rules of The Game Working With Challenging Students Bullies & Bad Guys

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Program overview
Program Overview

  • Introduction

  • Basic Behavior Management

  • Supervision, Scanning and Movement

  • Developing a Playground Discipline Plan

  • Rules of The Game

  • Working With Challenging Students

  • Bullies & Bad Guys

  • Behavior Escalation

  • Emergency Procedures

  • The Lunchroom

  • Ideas for Adventure

True or false
True or False?

  • 85% of Children’s misbehaviors are minor

  • Adults escalate minor misbehaviors into major misbehaviors.

  • 80% of your time is spent with 20% of the children.

  • Less than 5% of children need more than basic behavior interventions.

  • 95% of parents have never received a positive phone call from the school.

  • Consequences will stop misbehavior but only positives will change the behavior.

20 ways to keep minor misbehaviors minor
20 Ways to Keep Minor Misbehaviors Minor

  • Praise only good behavior

  • Call a parent or Guardian for support

  • Hold a conference with the student

  • Listen to the student’s version before taking any action

  • Ask the student for some alternative actions so that he or she could have prevented misbehavior.

  • Utilize a discipline essay.

  • Reward good behavior often

  • Give a potentially troublesome student a position of leadership.

  • Offer tangible rewards for good behavior at unpredictable times.

  • Be gracious when accepting an apology.

  • Laugh!

  • Always give a warning – it is due process

  • Know what is a minor misbehavior and what is not.

  • Establish clear procedure for playground routines.

  • Ask a troublesome student to help another student on the playground.

  • Make sure your students understand the criteria for success on the playground.

  • Discuss social issues with the students.

  • Warm, friendly playground staff have fewer discipline problems than grouchy ones.

  • If you see a student successfully struggling with temptation, be sure to say a quiet word of praise afterwards.

  • Be consistent with expectations and random with tangible rewards.

An ounce of prevention
An ounce of prevention……

Eye Contact




Proven techniques
Proven Techniques

  • Whistle

  • Visual Signal

  • Name

  • Eye Contact

  • Proximity

  • Clear Statement

  • Broken Record

  • Deliver a Consequence

  • Provide a choice

  • Paradoxical Response

  • Use a plan

  • Track Behaviors

  • Bottom Line

  • Crisis Intervention


  • Look at the big picture

  • Watch and listen to everything

  • Be aware of signs that precede problem behavior

  • Focus on the behavior and not on the student

  • Be positive with appropriate behavior


  • Social Skills

  • Physical skills

  • Cognitive skills

Student led conflict management programs for recess
Student led conflict management programs for recess

  • Format

  • Training

  • Materials

  • Benefits

Did you know
Did you know??????

  • FACT- Bullying is VICTIMIZATION and is not normal behavior.

  • FACT -Bullying is seen in children as young as four.

  • FACT- Bullies are motivated by power and want to win in every circumstance.

  • FACT – Little bullies don’t “grow out of it”. They grow into BIG bullies.

Types of bullying
Types of Bullying

  • Physical aggression

  • Verbal Aggression

  • Social Alienation

  • Intimidation

Give children the key to dealing with bullies
Give children the key to dealing with bullies!

  • Make friends with the bully

  • Use humor, judiciously

  • Use trickery

  • Walk away

  • Agree with the bully

  • Refuse to fight

  • Stand up to the bully

  • Reason or talk it out

  • Ignore

  • Yell!

How to stop a fight
How to stop a fight

  • Watch for signs of escalation

  • SHOUT!

  • Walk briskly over to the area-Do not RUN

  • Call for help

  • Disperse the Crowd

  • Shout STOP again when you get to the area of the fight.

  • Wait until help arrives


Tattling vs telling
Tattling vs. Telling

When it is NOT tattling:

  • When someone is hurt

  • When there is a hazard, object or condition in the playing area that could be dangerous

  • When there is a stranger on the playground

  • When someone is doing something dangerous

  • When they are witnessing bullying or are a victim of bullying.