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LynneC
01-02-13, 01:54 PM
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, a new article stating the importance of recess in the learning process (maybe schools will take note):
http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Considers-Recess-a-Necessary-Break.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token

(open the link in the brief statement to read the full article by the AAP)

Dizfriz
01-02-13, 02:11 PM
Thanks for posting this. I had seen the article and was planning to read it. So far I have just read the abstract and fully agree with it. I can remember how important recess was to me as a child. Maybe this will have an impact as you mentioned.

Dizfriz

Twiggy
01-02-13, 02:21 PM
I know some schools have completely cut recess for kids. I say that's torture.

How can young kids sustain attention for hours at a time in class that are taught to not move around by staying at their desks and wait for lunch to finally release their energy?

Kids need recess to recharge.

Amtram
01-02-13, 03:18 PM
And music, and art, and home ec, and shop, all kinds of things where kids can express themselves creatively and let off some steam. All of this stuff belongs in the curriculum.

LynneC
01-02-13, 04:12 PM
And music, and art, and home ec, and shop, all kinds of things where kids can express themselves creatively and let off some steam. All of this stuff belongs in the curriculum.
Yes, I couldn't agree more.

Unmanagable
01-02-13, 07:29 PM
And we need to remember we never outgrow our need for recess!! :)

BellaVita
01-02-13, 07:35 PM
And we need to remember we never outgrow our need for recess!! :)

THAT's for sure! :giggle:

salleh
01-02-13, 08:08 PM
You know, this isn't new news ......when I was studying to be a elementary school teacher, there was an emphasis on both PE and recess......

that was back in the mid to late 80s .....


studying to be a teacher realy opened my eyes about the best way to get an education into children ......and productive ways to get the kids to do not only what you want, but to set good habits and ways of viewing life from childhood ....



speaking as a non child raising person .....but with nearly 3 years of college education in child psychology and education ......and 8 years as a substitute teacher

I am convinced that people should have to get a liscence to have a child ......the amount of damage that parents can do to kids by bad child rearing .....is staggering ....and society pays a heavy price......not only the kids.....


I think you should have to take at least a couple of classes....and ones that run a semester, not a couple of Saturday mornings .....before you can have a child .....


radical thinking I know .....but I have no doubt that the kids would benefit ......

Lunacie
01-02-13, 08:30 PM
You know, this isn't new news ......when I was studying to be a elementary school teacher, there was an emphasis on both PE and recess......

that was back in the mid to late 80s .....


studying to be a teacher realy opened my eyes about the best way to get an education into children ......and productive ways to get the kids to do not only what you want, but to set good habits and ways of viewing life from childhood ....



speaking as a non child raising person .....but with nearly 3 years of college education in child psychology and education ......and 8 years as a substitute teacher

I am convinced that people should have to get a liscence to have a child ......the amount of damage that parents can do to kids by bad child rearing .....is staggering ....and society pays a heavy price......not only the kids.....


I think you should have to take at least a couple of classes....and ones that run a semester, not a couple of Saturday mornings .....before you can have a child .....


radical thinking I know .....but I have no doubt that the kids would benefit ......

My daughter was in middle school in the early 80's and the kids got two recess breaks,

one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Now many schools only give one recess break!

We have gone round and round with the teachers at our school

about taking recess away from my granddaughter,

and my best guess is that it's out of their hands.

That's just how it's done nowadays.

We should have insisted on having the Autism specialist visit the school

much sooner than we did.


And camped out in the principal's office until it happened.

Now that she has moved to a different school, things are slowly getting better.

The Autism specialist has been to observe once and been to instruct the staff once.

This staff is willing to listen to the specialist and try different things. Yay!

LynneC
01-03-13, 11:21 AM
You know, this isn't new news ......when I was studying to be a elementary school teacher, there was an emphasis on both PE and recess......

that was back in the mid to late 80s .....


studying to be a teacher realy opened my eyes about the best way to get an education into children ......and productive ways to get the kids to do not only what you want, but to set good habits and ways of viewing life from childhood ....
I think that in many instances teachers are caught between a rock and a hard place. (some, anyway) They recognize that their students need recess and free-play time, but they are limited by the school administration's policies. In Florida it's a joke, what they count as recess time.

When my DS was in second grade his teacher would routinely keep the kids in for recess to focus on academics. I called the pricipal about it, and asked him what the recess policy was. He told me that the teachers had discretion to hold recess wherever they wanted (inside or outside), and that the kids were getting recess time in the classroom. :eyebrow: Big fat liar, he was. (he's gone now, thankfully)

This particular teacher was a piece of work, and since administration didn't force her to comply with outdoor recess, she didn't. Thankfully from the 3rd grade on, his other teachers have fully recognized the benefit of kids getting outside and playing...

salleh
01-03-13, 11:53 AM
Ya, recess AND PE are both essential to children learning .....especially with elementary ag kids ......

.....I used to get some strange looks and sometimes got in trouble for the things I did when I was a sub ......

...One rainy day since the kids came back to the classroom right after they ate ......I had to figure out something to do with them ......32 6th graders could tear the room apart if you just let them do what they want ......


......I read a lot about being a sub ...and had an entire 5 foot bookshelf full of books to refer to .....and make copies for ......


,.....this group wasn't going settle for a nice quiet time of drawing or coloring ......so I pulled out this game ......and they loved it .....


get the boys in one line, the girls in another at the back of the room ......give the kid at the head of the line a piece of chalk......they race to the front, put their hand on the chalkboard, draw around it and race back ....handing the chalk off to the next kid in line .....



it was a HUGE hit ....however we got so rowdy that teachers on both sides of us were popping in wanting to know what on earth was going on ....hee hee ......


another time it was a Friday afternoon, and the kids ( 5th graders this time) ....had finished all their work .....so I pulled out my stash of paper airplanes .....they had to color them and then we pushed all the desks to the back of the room and stood one them ....


and had 2 contests ...one for distance and one for areobatics .....( there was 2 designs .) ......


...the principle came in ......while I was standing on the desks with the kids .....and we were throwing the planes ....I'll never forget the look on his face !



.....

SquarePeg
01-03-13, 01:09 PM
I just donīt understand how schools canīt see the sense in this. Itīs no excuse saying that there is no time for recess as I believe that kids will learn the same amount in a 50 minute lesson as an hour lesson if they have had regular breaks and exercise. Longer studying hours without breaks can only be counterproductive.

My daughterīs old school in the UK used to give regular 5 minute breaks where the kids leave the classroom and run around the playground, shouting, singing and letting off steam. This was at the discretion of each teacher, so if kids were restless, inattentive they would get a 5 to 10 minute recharge break.

LynneC
01-03-13, 01:40 PM
I just donīt understand how schools canīt see the sense in this. Itīs no excuse saying that there is no time for recess as I believe that kids will learn the same amount in a 50 minute lesson as an hour lesson if they have had regular breaks and exercise. Longer studying hours without breaks can only be counterproductive.

My daughterīs old school in the UK used to give regular 5 minute breaks where the kids leave the classroom and run around the playground, shouting, singing and letting off steam. This was at the discretion of each teacher, so if kids were restless, inattentive they would get a 5 to 10 minute recharge break.
'xactly!. It is so intuitive that kids need these breaks; why is it that school administrators are the last to realize this... :scratch:

Lunacie
01-03-13, 01:52 PM
I just donīt understand how schools canīt see the sense in this. Itīs no excuse saying that there is no time for recess as I believe that kids will learn the same amount in a 50 minute lesson as an hour lesson if they have had regular breaks and exercise. Longer studying hours without breaks can only be counterproductive.

My daughterīs old school in the UK used to give regular 5 minute breaks where the kids leave the classroom and run around the playground, shouting, singing and letting off steam. This was at the discretion of each teacher, so if kids were restless, inattentive they would get a 5 to 10 minute recharge break.

This is one thing we suggested putting in place at the new school for my granddaughter,

diagnosed with PDD-NOS (atypical autism) and we suspect she also has ADHD.

She works for 20 minutes and then the helper takes her outside to swing or run around for 5 minutes

at which point she is usally willing to go back inside and work some more.

It is hoped that as she adjusts to the routine the time between breaks can be increased.

manismom
02-05-13, 08:06 PM
I just had to have a little chat with my 3rd grader's teacher about this ridiculous crap.

My daughter came home and after some innocent questions from me, revealed that on rainy days, they did class work through recess. I respectfully asked the teacher if this was the case and she LIED to me and told me that they did exercises in the classroom and sometimes walked around the school. She most definitely implied that my daughter was not telling the truth.

Funny thing happened, though. After I asked the teacher about it and contacted the principal to find out the recess policy, they DID start to get up and move in the classroom and take walks around the school. Not only that, but the principal made an announcement over the intercom to the entire school to remind the teachers that they should have the kids up and moving during recess.

However, they still think that it is perfectly acceptable for kids to miss half of a 30 minute recess EVERY DAY if the kids do not complete their class worksheets. So the penalize the kids that could probably MOST benefit from a break. No way will I get -that- policy changed. Around here, parents think that its okay to punish your kids for being "slow".

ccom5100
02-06-13, 08:35 PM
It would drive me crazy when my dgs was in elementary school and the teachers would take recess away from him whenever he did something impulsive or distracting. Depriving him of that energy outlet only made things worse!

Rebelyell
02-06-13, 09:43 PM
I hardly ever got to go out for recess,I got singled out for bad behavior and got stuck at the disciplinary table.The teacher couldnt or didnt possibly understand the concept why or how I could be so wound up when I just had recess.When I did go out for kickball I'd usually be by myself at the edge of the playground by myself deep in thought.Kids usually ignored me or would say get out of here ya stupid retard.It was an austere time for me and still is to try to fathom How I dealt w that everyday and no teachers even intervened to try to help me not feel so isiolated or what not.If this is still going on w children this is just appalling as no child should be treated or subjected to this type of behavior.

LynneC
02-07-13, 09:50 AM
I hardly ever got to go out for recess,I got singled out for bad behavior and got stuck at the disciplinary table.The teacher couldnt or didnt possibly understand the concept why or how I could be so wound up when I just had recess.When I did go out for kickball I'd usually be by myself at the edge of the playground by myself deep in thought.Kids usually ignored me or would say get out of here ya stupid retard.It was an austere time for me and still is to try to fathom How I dealt w that everyday and no teachers even intervened to try to help me not feel so isiolated or what not.If this is still going on w children this is just appalling as no child should be treated or subjected to this type of behavior.
It defies logic, and it's just plain cruel, on top of that, IMO. :(

eats_mice
02-26-13, 07:28 PM
Whoever's idea it was to cut recess is an idiot.

Hathor
02-26-13, 08:00 PM
(maybe schools will take note):


http://nsa30.casimages.com/img/2013/02/27/130227125250323442.jpg

How long do they go without a break? It may be interesting to see if kids are treated in a way that would be illegal to apply to adults at work due to labor laws.

Regarding the flying pig I do think schools will take note, but due to the totally insane lemming mentality behind the oppressive and demented race to the top it may be difficult to take it beyond getting noticed