Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rowdy Recess?

Those poor recess teachers!  Although my classroom behaviors are moving in the right direction, we (the 5 teachers in kindergarten) were having troubles with the playground behaviors.  We felt we had the same group of sweeties ignoring our safety rules.  Someone was going to get hurt.  So I created a recording sheet.
A page is made for each teacher.  I placed them on a clipboard with a pencil attached.  As students are reminded of the correct behavior, their names are written down.  We only started this on Thursday, but by Friday I already had improvement in my class.    At the end of the week each teacher gets the original recording page.   We can track student's progress (sounds a little RTI-ish).  Also on Friday I rewarded my "Recess All-Stars" with a sticker and a treat.

I had a few kiddos seriously bummed that they did not get the sticker, so I hope next week will be even better.

How do you keep recess under control?


  1. Thank you for sharing such a great idea! Last year's Second Grade teachers told us this group would be a challenge....we have 15 boys to every 4 girls in the entire grade level! I can't wait to try this! :)
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  2. This is such a great idea! We have 10 Kindergarten classes at my school. We all try to have the same rules and try to let each other know if we have a problem with a student on the playground, but it's hard. This is a perfect way for us to keep track of it. I think it's also great that you reward those recess all-stars! I'm pitching this idea to my team at our next PLC meeting. :)

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