Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, “Good student behavior is not a matter of having a lot of time to themselves, but of having enough time to do what they need to do, when they need to do it, in a safe and supportive environment.” In other words, it is not about how much time a student has to themselves but how well they can use that time to develop strong academic and social skills.
Studies have shown that a longer recess can positively impact student behavior and development. In particular, recess has been shown to help improve focus, concentration, and hand-eye coordination. Additionally, it can help promote social and emotional skills, including cooperation, communication, and self-regulation.
Some schools are instituting longer recess periods to help improve student behavior and strengthen child development. Recess is important for both the brain and the body. However, research shows that shorter recess periods can lead to problems such as aggression and inattention in school.
A study by the University of South Carolina found that students in schools with longer recess periods scored higher on tests of cognitive skills and were less likely to report feeling overwhelmed in class. However, shorter recess periods can also lead to problems such as weight gain and decreased physical activity.
Why are schools increasingly looking to lengthen recess periods? First, research has shown that longer recess periods help to reduce aggression and improve focus. Second, recess is a great time for children to socialize and build relationships. Finally, shorter recess periods can reduce the amount of physical activity children engage in.
Should all schools institute longer recess periods? That’s a question that schools will have to weigh carefully. There are several factors to consider, such as the available time and the needs of the individual students. However, lengthening recess periods is a trend that schools should watch.
While recess is necessary, it is not the only factor that impacts student development. Teachers must also create a positive and supportive environment for their students to achieve the most positive results. Therefore, teachers should provide timely feedback, encouragement, and instruction during recess so students can learn and grow.