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Significantly Reduce Playground Bullying and Discipline Problems

(Grades K-6)

Seminar Presented by Jo Ann Freiberg
Outstanding Teacher, Author and National Trainer

  • Realistic ideas for significantly reducing discipline problems on the playground
  • Dozens of practical ideas for designing, managing and supervising physically safe and emotionally respectful playgrounds and recesses
  • Research-based strategies for reducing physical and emotional bullying behaviors on the playground
  • Extensive resource handbook filled with ready-to-use ideas for establishing safe and sane rules, supervising effectively, recognizing and diminishing bullying behaviors, solving problems and conflicts appropriately, surveying and assessing existing playground situations, and much more

Practical Strategies

More than ever in today’s schools and playground settings, children need to exercise through structured play. When playgrounds are physically and emotionally safe, conflict-free and fun for everyone, that can happen. When playgrounds are filled with bullying, petty arguments over rules and equipment, as well as other behaviors that result in far too much “bench time,” children simply aren’t spending time playing – or getting the physical and emotional benefits from play. If you are a teacher, administrator, playground supervisor, or paraprofessional working with children as they play during recess and other recreational opportunities, this seminar is designed for you! Jo Ann Freiberg will present this powerful seminar that is jam-packed with critical information and immediately doable strategies and techniques to reduce discipline problems. She will share ideas for creating respectful settings, regardless of the adult-to-student ratio. Participants will learn highly practical techniques that will help in preventing discipline problems before they surface as well as appropriate methods to intervene and educate youngsters in better ways to communicate and play together when the inevitable conflicts do occur. You will learn how to establish an effective schoolwide playground design, set appropriate rules and expectations, supervise respectfully and effectively, teach and allow children to resolve their own conflicts, and many other aspects which are central to creating the kinds of playground settings of which we can all be proud. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to make your playground the best place it can be!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Prevent Playground Discipline Problems Before They Begin
    Dozens of realistic techniques and strategies to diffuse and eliminate discipline problems before they begin
  2. Develop an Age and Developmentally Appropriate Playground Plan and Environment
    Guidelines for developing individualized plans that address clear expectations and consequences — easy to implement, will reduce behavior problems, and lead to physically, and emotionally safer playground environments
  3. Recognize and Reduce Bullying Behaviors and Improve the Overall School Climate
    Explore the differences between boys’ and girls’ aggression as well as the nature of healthy friendships and how to encourage them . . . Learn many fundamental and highly practical strategies for improving schoolwide climate and culture
  4. Learn Foolproof and Research-Based Supervisory Techniques
    Receive numerous management techniques to help make your playground a positive and safe place for students . . . Ideas that are practical and designed for students from grades K-6
  5. Create a “Playground of Respect” for Everyone
    Explore the detailed components of respect . . . Learn what respect looks like and feels like so that you can guide children in learning what it means to respect others in recreational settings and beyond
  6. Explore a Variety of Conflict Resolution Strategies
    Help your students acquire the skills to solve conflicts appropriately without adult intervention . . . Learn step-by-step techniques that encourage and enable students to resolve conflicts on their own
  7. Establish Rules Everyone Can Learn and Live With
    Discover ways to design and establish rules and boundaries for safe equipment use, consistent and fair game playing, as well as appropriate behavior that adults and children can live with and learn from
  8. Dealing Successfully with Difficult Children in the Playground Setting
    Common-sense, time-tested strategies and techniques to manage and guide some of the most difficult and annoying behavior issues . . . Utilize proactive techniques to deal with even the most challenging students
  9. Effective Strategies for Proactive Behavior Management
    Establish consequences for infractions and communication amongst adults and students . . . Implement consistent behavior management procedures that are developmentally appropriate, effectively communicated and educationally sound
  10. Receive a Valuable Resource Handbook
    You will receive a comprehensive resource handbook loaded with easy-to-implement strategies and practical ideas to take back to your own school setting

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • extremely practical, proven and highly effective strategies and techniques for preventing common playground discipline problems
  • how to create physically safe and respectful playground environments to prevent and eliminate dangerous hazards, common injuries and preventable accidents
  • specific ways to significantly decrease bullying behaviors
  • how to assess the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in the physical playground design
  • sane and sound sets of rules for playground safety and enjoyment that encourage engaging and robust physical activity
  • how to listen fairly and effectively to diffuse and de-escalate minor disagreements and confrontations
  • appropriate consequences for misbehavior that keep students active, engaged and less likely to misbehave in the future
  • proactive response techniques that keep minor behaviors from becoming major problems
  • how to increase high-quality peer interactions
  • a variety of age-specific conflict resolution strategies that empower children to be kind and responsible
  • practical techniques to manage and teach children to behave respectfully, play cooperatively and stand up for others when necessary
  • what to do when challenging children continue to disrupt and cause problems for others
  • how to utilize supervisors effectively to create safe, enjoyable and positive social and physically active play opportunities for all children
  • when to intervene, how to do it effectively, and how and when to leave children alone to solve their own problems

Who Should Attend

Educators serving Grades K-6: Teachers, Instructional Aides and Paraprofessionals, Playground Supervisors, Counselors, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • step-by-step conflict resolution and problem-solving strategies
  • equipment and appropriate behavior rules
  • practical guidelines for managing and encouraging healthy friendships
  • strategies for diminishing bullying behaviors, including relational aggression and other forms of peer cruelty

Consultation Available
Jo Ann will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about reducing playground discipline problems.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!