Education news, analysis, and opinion about breaks from the structured school day for games, play, or socializing
School & District Management There Are Smart Ways to Use Time to Aid Learning. Why Do So Many Schools Ignore Them?
While a growing body of research offers best practices for using time wisely in schools, a range of barriers often get in the way.
Student Well-Being Doubling Recess Time to Put Play Back in the School Day
The Virginia Beach City schools decided to make a big change, doubling the amount of recess the district offered.
Teaching How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips From Daniel Pink
Move heavy thinking to the beginning of the day, make recess sacred, let higher schoolers sleep in, and mandate choir, says the author.
Student Well-Being Opinion Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It
Superintendent Michael J. Hynes provides insights on how his district is responding to the decline of free play and recess.
School & District Management Arizona Gov. Ducey Signs Law Requiring Recess Time for Students
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey last week signed a proposal that requires schools to expand recess for young students, a measure that aims to give kids more time for unstructured play.
Student Well-Being Watch: Parents Push for (and Win) More School Recess Time
Why a pair of moms set out on a mission to ensure that every elementary school in their state offered recess.
Families & the Community Video Parent Changemaker: Fighting for School Recess
“We were upset that our children weren't getting what they needed. We were determined to get to the bottom of it and to change it,” said Florida parent Angela Browning. Browning became alarmed when her 8-year old twins came home from 2nd grade stressed and crying. A little investigation uncovered that their school had dropped recess, meaning students often had little open time during the day. To Browning, that was not acceptable. She and fellow parent Amy Narvaez began an effort to bring back recess, never imagining it would take them three years and hours of advocating both at the local and state level. Narvaez and Browning are featured as part of a series we are calling Parent Changemakers - parents who became troubled about a school issue and tackled it head on.
School Climate & Safety Opinion The Importance of Play, Recess, Mindfulness and Leadership
Common sense and a plethora of research demands we think and act differently in order to stop the growing stressors on our children and we must learn how to help them deal with this environment more effectively.
School Climate & Safety Florida Educators Told Indoor Recess Permissible Under New State Law
Florida schools can comply with the state's new recess mandate without having to take children outside.
Student Well-Being Video Rethinking Recess
Schools have sometimes trimmed recess to make more time for instruction, or withheld the daily break as punishment for misbehavior. Yet research shows this time can be used to reinforce a positive school culture. Playworks is a national nonprofit that promotes organized, intentional recess. A study of the model shows that children learn and practice conflict resolution, compromise, and self-regulation, as well as leadership and physical activity. Essential components of this model include treating recess with the same intentionality as academic lesson plans, having dedicated staff to organize and model games, establish common rules, use simple tools to resolve disagreements such as rock-paper-scissors, and foster positive language.