Thursday, July 17, 2008

Playground Tip of the Month: Solutions to playground supervision issues

Have you ever wondered why some schools report few incidents of bullying and kids report that they feel safe at school while other students report just the opposite?

The design of the playground makes a big difference in both physical and emotional safety at recess. The following suggestions are some playground redesign questions that impact playground safety.

1. Can a supervisor see all children at all times on the playground? Unsupervised children can result in bullying opportunities. SOLUTION: Close off play areas or hire more playground supervisors.

2. Are there enough game choices at recess or do you see long lines of students waiting for their turn? SOLUTION: Paint more games and activities on the blacktop to eliminate lines and waiting.

3. Are students allowed to walk directly back to class from recess leaving them unsupervised on the walk to and from the playground? SOLUTION: Place line up marks on the playground and have teachers meet students out on the edge of the playground so that they walk back to class in an orderly and supervised manner.