Taken From An Article By Marva Hinton on March 30, 2017
The Strategies for Recess in Schools
Several Recommendations include:
Physical education should not be replaced by recess, and recess should not be used to meet time requirements for P.E.
Recess should not be taken away for disciplinary reasons or due to poor academic performance.
Physical activity should not be used as punishment during recess.
Recess should be held before lunch.
Other Comments By Researchers
“It’s for all K-12 students, not just elementary,” said Carter. “It may not be the way that it is in elementary school, but it’s still important for older children to have that time to be physically active throughout the day.
“The document includes 19 evidence-based strategies to make recess work and links increased physical activity to improved academics. “Recess Planning in Schools” acts as a companion piece and helps schools figure out concrete ways to implement the strategies.
A group that included nearly 30 expert researchers put the strategies together. The strategies were also reviewed by more than 50 P.E. teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders, including classroom teachers.
It lists “physical activity during exploratory programs, midmorning breaks, and lunchtime intramural activities, or as part of physical activity clubs,” as forms of recess for older students.
The “Strategies for Recess in Schools” document also recommends that recess go beyond the elementary years to include middle and high school.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Society of Health and Physical Educators, have released two guidance documents entitled:
Other Resources On Recess Importance
- New Research Brief Supports Recess for All Elementary School Students
- New Rhode Island Law Mandates Daily School Recess, Calls It a Student’s Right
- Does More Time on the Playground Equal Success in the Classroom?
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