The Recess Project Changemaker’s Guide – Blueprints for a new way to do recess

The Resources Project works with schools to support meaningful, inclusive opportunities for social connection, mindfulness, creativity, and all kinds of play.

Their award-winning, evidence-based Recess Project Changemaker’s Guide was designed to disrupt the outdated routines and replace them with healthy, inclusive and compassionate interactions. It is the product of a unique research collaboration of school boards, administrators, staff, policymakers, and (most importantly) elementary school students. It is available at no cost under a Creative Commons license.

Click the Publisher Website link for these downloadable sections of the guide:
– Overview: Mental Health, Well-Being, and Recess
– Developmental Need for Free, Unstructured Play
– Supporting Children’s Fundamental Social and Emotional Needs
– Role of the Recess Committee
– Role of the Recess Coordinator
– Supervision VS Support
– Guidelines for involving students in the change process
– Training materials for Student Leaders
– Printable Templates, Sign up Sheets, Scripts, Posters
– Ideas for including children with disabilities
– UNCRC – the Right to Play (free from social harm)
– Planning for inclement weather
– As Safe As Possible to As Safe As Necessary: Risk Management
– Games Library
– Guidelines for managing equipment and materials

The Resources Project works with schools to support meaningful, inclusive opportunities for social connection, mindfulness, creativity, and all kinds of play.

Their award-winning, evidence-based Recess Project Changemaker’s Guide was designed to disrupt the outdated routines and replace them with healthy, inclusive and compassionate interactions. It is the product of a unique research collaboration of school boards, administrators, staff, policymakers, and (most importantly) elementary school students. It is available at no cost under a Creative Commons license.

Click the Publisher Website link for these downloadable sections of the guide:
– Overview: Mental Health, Well-Being, and Recess
– Developmental Need for Free, Unstructured Play
– Supporting Children’s Fundamental Social and Emotional Needs
– Role of the Recess Committee
– Role of the Recess Coordinator
– Supervision VS Support
– Guidelines for involving students in the change process
– Training materials for Student Leaders
– Printable Templates, Sign up Sheets, Scripts, Posters
– Ideas for including children with disabilities
– UNCRC – the Right to Play (free from social harm)
– Planning for inclement weather
– As Safe As Possible to As Safe As Necessary: Risk Management
– Games Library
– Guidelines for managing equipment and materials

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