Child development experts say recess is critical, but states are lax on protecting it. Up to 86 percent of teachers have denied or decreased recess time as a punishment for behavior. While it may work in the short term to get some students to comply quickly, experts say the practice can be harmful in the long term, and possibly make behaviors worse. Read more at The Hechinger Report.
As parents and schools seek to support students’ social and emotional needs – and teach them what they need to learn – some education leaders are missing one particularly effective opportunity. Read more at The Conversation.
5 reasons to make sure recess doesn’t get short shrift when school resumes in person
We believe that leaving recess out of the school day could hurt elementary school students. Along with our colleagues in this field, we have found clear evidence that children will need a chance to play during recess more than ever when schools open their doors. Here are five main benefits from recess. Read more at The Conversation.
Recess is more than just fun and games; it is through play that children learn and grow, and the unstructured recess space is an important site for students to reconnect with their peers after months of isolation. Read more at ASCD Inservice.
Experts look for solutions addressing pandemic-induced learning loss for students
When you stay home from school from being sick, it can be a challenge to catch up on the lessons you missed. But how best can students “make up” for lost learning when the entire world is getting over a sickness all at the same time? Read more at KOIN TV.
The Importance of Daily Recess When Schools Return From COVID-19 Lockdowns
Providing children with regular opportunities to play, socialize, rest, and re-energize through recess is imperative. High quality recess breaks improve mood, well-being, school engagement, behavior, learning, focus, attendance, and overall school climate. Read more at National PTA.
As kids head back to school, attention is usually on the academics: teachers planning the first lessons, and parents making sure students haven’t lost too much ground over the summer. But a new study draws attention to an often overlooked part of the school day: recess.
Recent U.S. education reform has focused on defining and raising the subject-matter standards students are expected to meet. In order to get their students up to snuff, schools are extending the school day and putting more and more emphasis on academic learning, which can squeeze out a beloved part of the traditional school day–recess. Read full article.