Recess isn’t just play time for children it's time well spent

School recess holds a special place in the heart of the American public school student, according to the editorial in today's Concord Monitor.


Life Lessons Learned on the Playground

However, beyond the love of recess there are also  many life lessons that are learned on the playground. Parents are beginning to understand how important recess is to a child’s development.   The American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement last year, “that recess represents an essential, planned respite from rigorous cognitive tasks. It affords a time to rest, play, imagine, think, move and socialize.” And, perhaps more important, “students are more attentive and better able to perform cognitively” after recess.
I visited Japan a few years ago and had the opportunity to visit a number of schools there.  Do you know that many Japanese schools require that students take a break after EACH 60 minutes of instruction.  In this year’s Learning Curve global education rankings, Japan is second. It’s unlikely that recess is the sole secret to Japan’s success, but it’s not unreasonable to suggest that “frequent breaks” deserves a spot on the list of “best practices.”   Read More....

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