Monday, January 26, 2009

Study: Recess is good

As we try to cram ever more instructional time into the school day, it is refreshing and instructional to see this countervailing point of view, as reported by Michael Conlon of the Reuters news agency.

Studies show that children who get at least 15 minutes of recess during the day exhibit better classroom behavior.

"The available research suggests that recess may play an important role in the
learning, social development, and health of children in elementary school," the
research team said in a study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the
American Academy of Pediatrics.

By the way, breaks are a good idea for teachers and school employees, as well.

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