Recess Problems...

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  1. MissK2015

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    Hi All!

    At the school I am working at, we have a small recess area. Each class can only bring out 1 ball every recess. Today was my class' turn and it went pretty smoothly. The boys get pretty rough and begin playing with the ball-hogging, throwing far, getting rough with each other. Some people are also getting left out and want a chance too. It is difficult since there is all of first grade and second grade is in the recess area and they play too. Do you folks have a ball problem or do you have certain rules besides just taking it away. I don't have yard duty everyday as well so I am not always there to watch and fix behaviors.
     
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    Eliminate the ball for all classes, not as punishment, but replace it with a more efficient form of recess. 1 ball is too small a toy to be shared with that many students. Overthrowing and roughhousing are typical kid-type activities, very normal for after school play, but obviously can't be allowed during recess. The problem is in trying to organize a free play activity, in other words trying to organize a non-organized activity. I'd recommend encouraging pretend activities with no equipment, perhaps a couple of teachers modeling a pretend activity. Another option would be to invest in toys that invoke less obtrusive behavior. I'm thinking jump ropes, Slinkies (if the environment allows for adequate eye protection), puppets, stuffed animals that can be sanitized after recess, various hats for dress up, and similar engaging toys. A 5 minute organized large motor activity prior to free play might have a calming effect. For this, I prefer creative activities, such as follow the leader (teacher), marching to music (I'd probably throw in some swing era marches now and then for some extra fun; a good possibility for this is a Bluetooth speaker and a cell phone), calisthenics (stretching is especially helpful in preparing the brain to play creatively and within appropriate guidelines), etc.
     
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    Ball goes away, students can do something else. But this is coming from a 5th grade standpoint.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Only one ball for recess? No wonder there are problems. I would see if there can be more equipment for recess. Another idea is to see if the PE teacher might model for them in PE how to play an age appropriate game that could be used at recess.
     
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    Thanks all! It is just a safety issue since the area is small and we have to share it with other classes so they try to limit the number of balls outside so they don't go in the street etc....
     
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    If the area is too small for more than one ball, how can it be big enough for all the classes?
     
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    The ball area (grassy area) is small. The rest is a playground and pathways.
     
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    Having zero balls is better than having one poorly managed ball. Put the ball away and play other things.
     
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