Information Bulletin Number 4
PLAYGROUND BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT
The following are some practical strategies for managing student behaviour in the playground.
• A discipline policy for the playground, including general rules, positive reinforcement for appropriate behaviour, and consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
• Environmental changes
- who plays where
- more equipment
- more physical activity
• Yr. 7's or high school students teaching younger students how to play.
• Physical education lessons adapted so that each class focuses on teaching specific games.
• "Stop Think Do" social skills training package to be used in small groups or at the class level.
• Discuss, model and role play appropriate behaviour both in and out of class.
• Catch them being good
- focus on positives.
- non verbal recognition le. wink
- use proximal praise
- use tokens for positives in playground and exchange for free time or group/individual choice.
• Teachers/parents play with students and teach them games.
• Individual behaviour contracts.
• Separate play times for students playing inappropriately.
• Buddy system - pair disruptive. student with positive role model.
• Conflict resolution - verbally mediate problems, show alternative ways of dealing with situations.
• Emphasize that the behaviour, not the child, is being rejected.
• Notice gains and encourage cycle of positive reinforcement from home, eg. send notes home.
Further information is available from the Peel School Psychology Service.