Harness the power of play with new online mini-courses from Playworks.

Playworks is playfully testing new online mini-courses this school year. Please try them and let us know what you think! All of our courses are free through June 1 as part of our testing phase. Courses are designed to get you started quickly; expect to spend 5 to 15 minutes per course.

Manage Groups

Struggling with behavior issues in class? Learn how to proactively manage students through play.

Facilitate Games

Need more play in your day? Discover how to use games to reinforce key social, emotional, or academic outcomes.

Resolve Conflicts

Help students resolve their own conflicts before they escalate. Try using the game Rock-Paper-Scissors as a tool.

Build a Better Recess

Helps students discover the joy of active play and come back to class ready to learn.

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September 25, 2017

Manage Groups through Play ›

8-minute course Keep behavior challenges in check. Learn 5 play-based strategies for proactive, positive behavior management in the classroom and beyond.

September 28, 2017

Build Rapport by Playing ›

6-minute course Trust is the foundation of learning, and playing together builds trust. Try on fun, play-based strategies for developing rapport with your students.

September 28, 2017

Frame Playtime with Openings & Closings ›

7-minute course Transitions to and from academic time are an opportunity to re-focus. Help kids mentally prepare for learning or play with these strategies for opening and closing recess.

September 28, 2017

Save Time with Playful Attention Getters ›

5-minute course “One, two, three, all eyes on me.” Want to really get kids’ attention? Switch up your go-to attention getters. Identify new options for different energy levels and goals.

September 28, 2017

Create Smooth Transitions through Play ›

5-minute course Transitioning students between activities can be part of the fun. Learn a few best-practices for effective, play-based transitions and try them on for yourself.

September 28, 2017

Support Impulse Control using Signals ›

7-minute course Do kids crowd the door when you say “backpacks”? Replace that accidental cue with fun, clear signals to help students know exactly when to start or end activities.

September 28, 2017

Help Students Grow with Rules & Consequences ›

7-minute course Appropriate rules and consequences help students grow. Learn the “3 Rs” approach to helping students shift behavior, and see it used in the context of game play.

November 7, 2017

Make New Games Fun for All Students ›

8-minute course New games can be confusing! Use multiple learning styles to prepare all students for success. Try these four steps.

September 28, 2017

Game Facilitation ›

12-minute course Make games your most effective teaching tool. Learn to choose group games that align with desired student outcomes. Plus, learn four steps for quick, effective game facilitation.

September 28, 2017

Build Skills using Core Games ›

3-minute course Games at recess can help kids learn skills they need in the classroom. Learn to use core games like foursquare to teach students to encourage other, be inclusive, and solve conflicts.

September 28, 2017

Build Community through Icebreaker Games ›

5-minute course Making friends is hard! But positive relationships between students make a big difference in school climate. Learn to lead icebreaker games that help students build community.

September 28, 2017

Focus Energy with a “Brain Break” Game ›

7-minute course Afternoon slump? Help students mentally and physically re-focus with a readiness game, or “brain break”. Learn how to facilitate a readiness game effectively.

September 28, 2017

Foster Teamwork through Cooperative Games ›

6-minute course Games can teach kids to work together. Learn how to effectively facilitate cooperative games to help students develop teamwork and leadership skills.

September 28, 2017

Release Energy through a Tag Game ›

5-minute course Kids learn better when they are active. Learn how to safely facilitate quick tag games to get out energy and prepare students to focus on academics.

September 28, 2017

Solve Problems Quickly using Rock-Paper-Scissors ›

4-minute course Without a clear strategy for conflict resolution, small disagreements can become major conflicts. Equip students to solve their own conflicts quickly using Rock-Paper-Scissors.

September 28, 2017

Make Conflict Resolution a Habit ›

11-minute course Equip students to solve conflicts quickly using Rock-Paper-Scissors. Then, make it stick. Learn how to develop routines and habits to build a culture of student-led conflict resolution.

September 28, 2017

Systems for Recess Success ›

8-minute course After recess, kids should be in class—not in the nurse’s office or the principal’s office. Use these systems to establish a safe, positive recess environment.

September 28, 2017

Equipment Systems: More Play, Less Chaos ›

8-minute course When equipment is scattered, lost, destroyed, or hoarded, fewer kids play actively at recess. Learn how to implement an effective equipment system and see how it works in action.

September 28, 2017

Use Visual Systems to Support Student Leaders ›

8-minute course Kids can and should start and sustain safe, inclusive games at recess. Learn how visuals help students do just that. Plus, learn how to begin implementing visual systems at your school.

September 28, 2017

Build Skills using Core Games ›

3-minute course Games at recess can help kids learn skills they need in the classroom. Learn to use core games like foursquare to teach students to encourage other, be inclusive, and solve conflicts.

September 28, 2017

Playworks in the Classroom ›

10-minute course Children learn through play. Leverage these play-based strategies in your classroom. Plus, identify and learn to address common barriers to play.

September 25, 2017

Manage Groups through Play ›

8-minute course Keep behavior challenges in check. Learn 5 play-based strategies for proactive, positive behavior management in the classroom and beyond.

September 28, 2017

Systems for Recess Success ›

8-minute course After recess, kids should be in class—not in the nurse’s office or the principal’s office. Use these systems to establish a safe, positive recess environment.

September 28, 2017

Game Facilitation ›

12-minute course Make games your most effective teaching tool. Learn to choose group games that align with desired student outcomes. Plus, learn four steps for quick, effective game facilitation.

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