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Posted on October 25, 2015 7:10 pm
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vapaju
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With a vast variety of researched based information to state the contrary , schools have decided to limit the recess for elementary students to 15 minutes in the district. Students and teachers continue to deal with behavior issues in the class which can greatly impact classroom instruction. I believe part of this problem lies in the lack of free time allotted for the students. They are after all children. Recess promotes team work, verbal communication, sportsmanship, exercise, and creative expression through the arts. Unfortunately, the present approach is to run students through the process of learning as if this will produce an atypical product. When children are authentic and need the time to decompress from instruction as well as converse with their peer group with limited adult influence. At least allow the students to have a full thirty minute recess. They are children not bottles of Cola.
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 28, 2016 4:52 am

buteJy
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I agree that decreasing recess has a negative impact. I would find ways to incorporate movement into my classroom. "Brain Breaks" are a great time to get out of your chair and move around a bit. Cooperative learning strategies also provide opportunities for movement during instruction.
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Nicole McVey
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Great solution
  Posted on: October 17, 2016 3:38 am

Kathy Allen
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Wonderful idea!
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Solution 2
Posted February 29, 2016 3:08 am

Rachel Antis
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I completely agree that recess time is very important. I have had a cooperating teacher over me in an internship that allowed the students zero recess and often made them work through lunch. This is an awful way to conduct a classroom, as it allows students no down time to recharge from constant learning. It also prevents them from making important emotional and developmental connections with their peers.
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Posted February 25, 2016 11:41 pm

aNaQev
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I agree the lessening of recess has effected the behavior negatively. The teacher could implement activities in the classroom where they move around, go outside or even just taking a break to watch a dance video when things get wild.
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Posted July 7, 2017 3:12 pm

ePeHuG
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I agree that free time is just as important as teaching time. recesses is where kids blow off steam and socialize
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