Trouble-free Playground National Workshops

Nationwide Trouble-Free Playground WorkshopsThroughout the year we offer the 6-Steps to a Trouble-free Playground workshop in various cities around the country. This workshop is typically held at hotel conference centers in major cities and is open to anyone. It requires an admission fee to attend. Below is a list of upcoming locations and dates. Check back here often for updates on dates and locations.

Upcoming Workshops:

6-Steps to a Trouble-free Playground:

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Workshop Description

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 build character, 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:

  • Self-responsibility
  • 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:

  1. How to teach social/emotional skills so children learn to get along.
  2. How to change the games children play to make them more developmentally appropriate.
  3. How to change the perception of recess from just “free time” to “productive free time.”
  4. How to develop self-responsibility and increase intrinsic motivation among students.
  5. How to teach games to children.
  6. 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.

General Workshop Information


You will receive a handout of the material presented and a certificate of attendance. Activities will be demonstrated and you are welcome to participate at your own discretion.

Please dress appropriately.

Sorry, audio/video recording of the program is not permitted at any time during the workshop

Books, T-shirts and other resources will be on display for purchase.

Participants are on their own for lunch.

Program Schedule
8:00 - 8:30 am Registration
8:30 - 11:30 am AM Session (with short break)
11:30-12:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
12:30-2:30 pm PM Session









Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for EVERYONE! Elementary school principals, classroom teachers, PE teachers, guidance counselors, playground supervisors and support staff. If you work in an elementary school then this workshop is for you!

Door Prizes

All workshop attendees will be eligible to receive valuable door prizes which includes equipment to play games at recess.

FOUR Easy Ways to Register

  • PHONE: 302-438-3257
  • FAX: 302-234-3168
  • MAIL TO: PlayFit Education Inc., 1945 Melson Way, Hockessin DE 19707
Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions can be made at any time. All cancellations must be made at least five (5) days prior to the workshop to be eligible for a 100% refund of prepaid fees. Cancellations received less than five (5) days prior to the workshop are eligible for refunds, less a $25.00 service charge. No refund for “no-shows.” Call us at 302-438-3257 or fax your substitution/cancellation to 302-234-3168.


Pre-registration: $139 per person

At-the-door registration: $159 per person

The registration fee includes: admission to the workshop; a certificate of attendance; and a handout of material presented.

About Curt Hinson

Curt Hinson, Ph.D., has been teaching for over 34 years. He taught at the elementary school level for 16 years and at the college level for over 18 years. He currently works as an educational consultant for PlayFit Education Inc., presenting staff development workshops for school districts, teachers, and students. In addition, he teaches in the on-line graduate program at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and is an adjunct professor at Rowan University in New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology, a Masters of Education degree, and a BS degree in Health & Physical Education.

Dr. Hinson is the author of three books, Fitness for Children; Games Kids Should Play at Recess; and 6-Steps to a Trouble-free Playground. In addition, he has published over 50 articles related to teaching and is the creator of the “Trouble-free Playground” recess program for elementary schools.

Dr. Hinson has made presentations in all 50 states, as well as in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands adn Mexico. His practical, hands-on teaching techniques, along with his enthusiasm, make him one of the most dynamic educators in the country. He was the 1992 National Association for Sport and Physical Education Eastern District Teacher of the Year and the 1991 Delaware PE Teacher of the Year.