Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Middle School Recess Making a Come Back

The once common middle school recess has all but disappeared in recent years. But in Wichita, Kansas recess is making a comeback. Truesdell Middle School principal, Jennifer Sinclair points out that "even prisoners get yard time." She also points out that scheduling, logistics, lack of outdoor play space and concerns over bullying have lead to a reduction in middle school recess.

According to the Truesdell staff the lunch recess seems to be paying dividends. Teachers point out that the dismissal at the end of the day is more calm and orderly.

The staff is currently looking into adding pedometers as part of a recess walking program and other active games and activities.

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