Friday, May 07, 2010

Recess? What Does It Mean to You?

KUOW is doing a story on the value of recess - to kids, to parents, to teachers. They would appreciate your thoughts. Here's a link to their site.

10 comments:

Jasper said...

One word.

Invaluable.

I would never send my kid to an elementar school that limited or did not have recess. Never. Please SPS do not move in that direction.

wsnorth said...

I agree. 100%!

Josh Hayes said...

We didn't have recess at my elementary school, but teachers had the freedom to take kids outside whenever they felt it necessary.

I remember when my father did a sabbatical, I was a fifth grader, and we went to Newark, Delaware. I sat in the classroom, and around 10 or so, the bell rang, everyone got up and ran out, and I said, "what's that bell mean?". Another kid said, "It's recess, stupid!"

And I said, "Recess? Oh, right! I've read about that!"

So I established my reputation right away, you see: geeky kid who READS about recess. :-)

As for my kids, I think recess has been terrific for them, but the importance wanes as they get older.

Michael said...

Some of my best memories of school involve recess and the games we played.

Sahila said...

me too - a bunch of us pre-pubescent boys and girls playing soccer on an asphalt playground... choosing teams or just joining in wherever, running hard, falling over, skinned knees, getting up, shouting, vying for the ball, coming back into class all hot and sweaty, laughing and joking...

younger - playing what's the time Mr Wolfie! And swinging on the monkey bars...

older - standing around on the tennis courts with a bunch of other girls (all girls high school), surreptitiously eying the boys from the all boys school next door, surreptitiously looking at us.... so funny!

artemis said...

Cutting recess is criminal. Adults have labor laws to require recess. Children have no such voice.

Recess is important to socialization. Children learn to give and take, to make friends, to work out conflicts at recess.

Their bodies need to move for health. And there is lots of research about the connection between learning and movement. Spinning and balancing activities cement the connection between the hemispheres and also cement learning. If we were to really follow research and pursue academic success children would have more frequent brief breaks.

MathTeacher42 said...

Wow ... I guess that all that evolutionary evidence of The Desk People is winning out - I'm the 10,000 generation of a butt sitting master of the desk! Come check out the latest Lucy exhibit with the sedimentary rock proof of homo-desk-us !!
/ snark tag

I student taught in middle school, I teach in high school.

IF those kids were sent out to run up and down a good sized hill 6 times a day, over 2/3 of our discipline / craziness would go away.

My belief is based upon exactly ZERO scientific research, because anyone who thinks it is needed should go get a useful job. We are NOT evolved from desk people. Kids have a LOT of energy, they need to burn it off. Period.

BMM.

Megan Mc said...

Recess allows kids to figure out how to be people without adults around to tell them how to do it "properly". This time is harder and harder to find in our over-scheduled lives. Recess gave my girls the freedom they needed to learn how to do things on their own (I am guilty of being overly protective at the playground.

I would too would NEVER send my kids to an elementary without recess - I'd homeschool first or drive them to Shoreline.

grousefinder said...

Recess =

Bathroom Break
Photocopier Machine Time
Email Check
Planning Session
Extra Practice for Struggling Students
Extracurricular Activities
COFFEE...did I say coffee?
Teaming Time
Momentary Decompression

Teachers Need This Time...

owlhouse said...

The CDCP released a report on recess a few weeks ago, a review of some 50 studies on the subject. In short, recess (physical activity) is good for kids' physical and intellectual health. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-katz-md/attention-deficit-disorde_b_541581.html?page=4&show_comment_id=46590032#comment_46590032

Recess is essential, preferably on grass/dirt, with trees, shrubs and flowers surrounding whatever play structure. I think the natural light and fresh air are just about as important as the freedom of movement, idea and voice.

Josh, I am a huge advocate for teachers having the freedom to take kids outside as they feel necessary as at your elementary. I also like the set recess schedule. It's a time to interact w/ kids and adults beyond a child's class. It also helps guarantee down-time, no matter the weather or upcoming tests.

I need recess in my adult day- a walk, a phone call, a coffee- a break from the work that continues. Good point about the labor laws, artemis.