Outside playtime provides students an opportunity to interact with peers, enjoy physical activity, engage in self-directed play, and connect with nature. Organized games and free play give students a needed mental break that will improve their ability to focus and learn in the classroom. It also allows students a time to practice the social-emotional skills learned throughout their day. This Guide explains why play is learning and offers guidance to prepare students for a positive playtime experience. A multifaceted tool for ongoing, embedded professional development, Quick Coaching Guides encapsulate a specific topic through the Responsive Classroom lens and offer educators unique tools for reflection, learning, and planning for change.