On-site Trouble-free Playground Staff-Training Workshop

curtPresented by Curt Hinson, Ph.D.

The Trouble-free Playground Philosophy:

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.

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 6-Steps to a Trouble-free Playground:

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.
Space Requirements:

This workshop is usually best suited for a large room, such as a cafeteria, gymnasium or multi-purpose room. Chairs (tables are optional) should be provided for the participants. Because part of the workshop is interactive, some open space for the participants to move around and interact is preferred. An LCD projector and screen are also needed.


During part of the workshop participants will be interacting and moving. The activity is, for the most part, light to moderate and involves mostly walking and talking. However, participants are encouraged to participate at their own discretion. No one is forced to participate, it is strictly voluntary.

Learning Objectives of the Trouble-free Playground Staff Development Workshop:

Participants will learn how to:

  • Teach much needed social-emotional skills that will impact discipline at your school.
  • Change the way children play, as well as the activities they choose.
  • Motivate children to learn and play.
  • Teach children games they can start and continue on their own without constant adult supervision.
  • Integrate curricular concepts with recess and play.
  • Teach children to be responsible for their actions and behavior through physical activity.
  • Make recess a fun, active and valuable learning experience for children.
Scheduling a workshop:

Contact us at:

  • Phone: 302-438-3257
  • Fax: 302-234-3168
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  • Mail: PlayFit Education Inc., 1945 Melson Way, Hockessin DE 19707