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I'm a big fan of using every teachable moment as an opportunity. Recess is no exception. Recess provides students with many important things. I don't want to innundate you with all of my thoughts and so I will break up the Recess posts into a series.
Surprise! Recess is not a time for you to take a break. While the kids are getting a much-needed break from the day, you have to be more on your toes than ever.
- Why do we have Recess?
- There are a few great reasons why we have recess.
- Recess gives the kids a mental break from the day.
- Social and character development are improved.
- Children have the opportunity to interact with others without supervision, which is important. They need be able to find their own voice and way to communicate with their peers.
- Develops motor skills both fine and gross.
Recess can be spread far and wide, depending on the size of your playground, and it can involve lots of different groups of kids doing risk-taking activities. There are a few ways that you can keep recess fun and safe for your students.
- Keep moving
- Walk around to each activity in progress and talk to the kids. Engage with kids who are just walking around talking, or spend a few minutes with someone who is wandering around alone. Stand by the sidelines of a game happening and cheer them on or make a few positive comments before you move on. Try to make it around to everyone or every group at least once.
- If you aren’t staying in one place and they know you will come around to them, they also know that this isn’t a time when they can get away with things.
- Recess is often the time when bullying happens, if you regularly make the rounds you can decrease some of that behavior.
More on this topic next week.....