Enhancing the School Day:
Extending Social and Emotional Learning Strategies and
Positive School Climate to our Playgrounds
School Leaders for Change
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM *
Plainview Holiday Inn, Plainview, NY
* including full breakfast
The Trouble-free Playground program was created by award-winning teacher and author, Curt Hinson, Ph.D. This workshop provides participants with a practical 6-step approach which offers solutions to the problems associated with recess in elementary school. Dr. Hinson has spent more than 20 years analyzing the social-emotional content of children’s games. His ideas on play and fitness have helped thousands of schools nationwide make recess a pleasurable time for both children and teachers. At this workshop you will learn effective management and discipline techniques, as well as a variety of games, that not only diminish common playground problems, but also help improve overall school motivation and behavior. This program helps buildcharacter, respect and responsibility among students, while decreasing the occurrences of bullying. You will leave with effective strategies you can take back and implement immediately at your school.
The Trouble-free Playground program is based on a specific philosophy that focuses on three principles:
- Intrinsic motivation
- Inclusion style of teaching
Each of these principles is explained and demonstrated. For some schools, implementing this philosophy is a major paradigm shift. Most schools can see that this shift is necessary and can’t believe they didn’t adopt this type of philosophy before. Understanding and using this philosophy is the key to the success of the program.
Participants learn how to:
- Create and develop self-responsibility among students in regards to learning and behavior.
- Increase intrinsic motivation to participate, learn and be respectful.
- Use the Inclusion-style of teaching to ensure everyone participates.
The Trouble-free Playground program covers six different “steps” that, when implemented and followed, change the way children play and get along on the playground. These steps include:
- How to teach social/emotional skills so children learn to get along.
- How to change the games children play to make them more developmentally appropriate.
- How to change the perception of recess from just “free time” to “productive free time.”
- How to develop self-responsibility and increase intrinsic motivation among students.
- How to teach games to children.
- How to integrate recess into the classroom so it becomes a valued part of the day.
Participants are taken through each of the six steps. How to implement each one is both explained and demonstrated.
Questions: Contact Karen Siris, Ed.D 516-851-0471 or Philip Cicero: 516-233-4464
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