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Posted on March 15, 2015 3:24 pm
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ezeDeZ
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No Recess
My administration has made it very clear that they do not approve of recess except on Fridays. I teach a class of 25 rowdy 8 year old kids. I am a firm believer in the fact that they need a break. I have been stopping and doing a Just Dance break after lunch, but I always feel like I have to sneak around and hope to not get caught. Am I wrong for wanting my students to have a break?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 15, 2015 4:45 pm

Hytabu
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You are definitely not wrong. I also teach 8 and 9 year olds. I could not imagine not having recess. There is so much research based articles that state recess is a good thing. You should look up some of those articles and take it to your administration. Also, do your students' parents know. I have a feeling, if they knew their 8 year old children were not getting recess, they would not be happy. I know with the CCGPS things are very rigorous, but if a student and teacher doesn't get a break, they will get burnt out very fast.
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eSyTyt
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I agree with this, Kids should be allowed to move around and exercise. They can't be stuck inside all day long.
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Posted March 16, 2015 1:12 am

equLyV
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Research shows that children having unstructured break time reduces stress, anger, and behavioral issues. Children having recess is a great thing, and you wanting them to have a break is also good. However, most teachers think of recess as outside activities and kids running around the playground. Actually, recess can consist of any activity that is not mandated or structured. For example, computer time on a learning website or playing games around the classroom. Happy, relaxed students learn more effectively and retain information better.
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Posted March 15, 2015 7:21 pm

Morgan Jasper
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You are not wrong and there is research proving the importance of exercise and recess in school. I would present this information to your administration and do what is right for your students.
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Posted March 15, 2015 7:35 pm

Haley
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I agree with the above posts! You should check out GoNoodle.com, this site provides quick interactive "brain breaks" for students. Videos are only about 2-3 minutes and students really enjoy them. You could do a few of these to get students moving throughout the day. Also trying having students move around during transitions. For example, call tables to the carpet by having them frog hop or skip. It is so unfortunate that administrators have taken such a valuable time from students!
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baQumy
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These are some really great ideas that I will definitely be using!
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Solution 5
Posted March 15, 2015 8:02 pm

ugevyX
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There are a lot of days that we are not able to go to recess due to weather. The kids really act out during this time. The teachers at my school try gonoodle. com brain breaks. I haven't tried but I have heard good things. I want to start using this. When we do not have recess it becomes harder to teach. Kids need to move and have a break from learning. They can not work all day and not have any breaks. Gonoodle is option.
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Solution 6
Posted April 2, 2015 4:25 pm

Akeyla Peele
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No, you have the right idea! Recess is NECESSARY. It is researched based and proven to needed for better learning as well as physical wellness. My school is similar. We are limited to 15 minutes (in which travel time to and from the field is included)! I often have to sneak a few minutes here and there. I have a class of about 25 students and 18 of them are boys!
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Posted March 15, 2015 5:10 pm

yTuGub
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One big disservice that we do to our children is to have them think that breaks are a waste of time. Your administration need to understand that giving kids recess is very important to their developmental process. I don't even subscribe to withholding recess as a means of punishment. The kids will learn better if their activities are distributed with breaks rather than concentrated. Not having breaks will in effect hamper learning.
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Posted March 15, 2015 9:37 pm

emazag
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Wow! I cannot even imagine no recess! To help combat all of the pent up energy I would incorporate movement in as many of my lessons as I could. When counting, jump. Any movement at all in your lessons might help the students stay focused.
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Solution 9
Posted March 15, 2015 10:52 pm

JuNuBy
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No, you are not wrong for believing it is good for students to move around and have brain breaks throughout the school. I have taught at a school where recess was frowned upon for 2nd-5th grade students. In order to incorperate movement into their day, I would create lesson that could be done outside in which students got to explore and learn while moving. For example, for a perimeter and area introduction, we went out side and walked around the field when I yelled perimeter and they would run around in the middle of the field when I called area. I hope this helps!
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Solution 10
Posted October 2, 2015 11:17 pm

reHuSe
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You could incorporate movement into activities. You could set aside a a moment in the day to play silent speed ball or 4 corners in the classroom or even simon says. I am sure there are many other things you could use by looking online. Kids definately need to burn of energy during the day.
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Solution 11
Posted September 28, 2015 11:05 pm

eduruM
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You are not wrong at all! I have volunteered at elementary schools that does not have recess everyday which made the kindergartners pretty restless. The teacher I was observing would have dance breaks and little games she would organize to get some of their energy out. It worked well and got the students more focused on learning. I think it's a great replacement for recess!
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Solution 12
Posted October 2, 2015 7:23 pm

PezaLe
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I understand where the administration is coming from, however, they should change their rules to only days that students have P.E. no recess. I have seen schools do this very often. If the students have P.E. they have the time to have a structured method of play, which is the same method that GoNoddle.com produces. I would have the students have break within the classroom where there is a fun lesson they could do.
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Solution 13
Posted October 15, 2015 12:48 am

Thomas Smallwood
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No, I would ask administration what you are allowed to do, or present you solution to them. I give my students five minutes after lunch as well to just kind of take breath and get their minds back in the right place.
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Solution 14
Posted October 4, 2015 8:57 pm

Alyssa McGee
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You are not wrong at all. Your students definitely need a break. Maybe try to create a math game out of points earned or creating groups for just dance and the winner wins extra points on a test this way your just dance can be relevant to learning and can be more justifiable to an administrator.
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Solution 15
Posted March 15, 2015 8:32 pm

yvyGyQ
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I do believe that students need a break as well. Students need time to release stored energy. I teach at a school where my student do not receive recess or PE.
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Xunezu
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No recess or PE? That's very, very sad! Like many other solutions have included, I would gather the research and present it to your administration. Research shows that students need to be active in order to boost their brain power.
  Posted on: March 15, 2015 8:58 pm

meXyHy
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I agree with this, this is a better solution.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 9:34 pm

eSyTyt
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That is crazy how schools do not allowed any form of exercise for the children.
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Solution 16
Posted March 16, 2015 12:16 am

ybereD
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I agree that you are not in the wrong. We were all 8 once and know the challenge of being still and quiet all day. I fully agree that kids need time to release energy and enjoy their school day in a different way.
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Solution 17
Posted November 2, 2015 4:15 am

yvesat
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It is very important to let the kids have recess. You are not wrong for wanting your students to have a break. I would find out how the district feels about this and as a parent I would be upset. There are many activities you can do in the classroom that include learning and movement.
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Solution 18
Posted February 26, 2017 1:04 am

ReRege
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No kids need break time to reboot. When I was doing observation hours the kids only had recess on Wednesdays and Fridays and the other days of the week they would take their kids outside themselves and let them play for 20 minutes. it really seemed to help. I'm sure you're not the only teacher feeling this way so maybe you could talk to other teachers and together bring the problem to the administrators and ask for a change. Take them outside to run for 20 minutes and you guys as the teachers can come up with the schedule around that. That way the administrators only have to approve it and not do anything else. If none of this works then come up with an activity in class that could be seen as educational as well so you don't feel like you're sneaking around. Maybe let the students run in place next to their desks for a while and go in a circle doing dances/stretches/or jumping activities. Do a review with those activities, go around the room ask the students to state a review of old lessons or something and then if they're right let them pick an activity to do next to their desk that everyone has to mock. Go around the room doing this.
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Solution 19
Posted October 9, 2016 11:34 pm

aMapuN
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You are not wrong for wanting to give the students a break. It is hard for students to focus on school without a break for how ever long the school day is (Depending on the school). One idea is to have a few minutes to let the kids just talk quietly or get up and stretch in the classroom, while you prepare for the next lesson. Even though they cant go outside, at least you are allowing them to have a very short mental break.
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Posted October 10, 2016 2:04 am

uBuDap
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You are absolutely not wrong. I find it ridiculous with all the research out there that this is even an issue with our schools today.

I suggest incorporating indoor play. Find different activities that are acceptable to do indoors that allow he students to release energy. See if you can find activities that can be considered educational if you are "caught".
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Solution 21
Posted October 12, 2016 5:21 pm

yZytaz
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No, I agree that students need a break more than once a week. Having silent read time is also a good break. Maybe make a space in the classroom for students to unwind and relax will help too.
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Posted February 25, 2017 8:27 pm

Robert Hendler
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I would use some brain breaks incorporated into daily instruction. Add the movement to help them wiggle it out.
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Solution 23
Posted October 8, 2017 8:55 pm

paTaHe
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You are not wrong, the students need to move around. I would incorporate activities into your lesson, this way the administration will see the students are still learning but they are moving around as well. I have seen a lot of teachers implement activities into their lessons. For instance, while reviewing sight words you can create a PowerPoint. The students would spread out around the classroom, you can include a slide of "jumping jacks; arm circles; running in place; and other various activities) to keep the students engaged and get them moving around a little bit.
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Solution 24
Posted October 9, 2017 2:04 am

Travis Cannon
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you are not wrong i would do the same thing. children deserve time to play and let their excess energy go.
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Solution 25
Posted February 26, 2018 1:02 am

qeguve
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No, I do not think you are wrong in any way for wanting your students to have a break. Students need a break from work every so often. It will help them stay focused and engaged in the lesson. Especially with 25 - 8 year olds, they need a break.
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