In tight fiscal times some schools may feel compelled to cut recess, but according to Stanford research, well-organized recess is beneficial to student well being.
Children who participate in structured recess build positive relationships with peers and adults, gain experience in resolving conflicts and are prepared to learn once they’re back in their classroom.
Researchers examined six low-income elementary schools. According to a Stanford news release, trained coaches were sent in to help improve recess by establishing games with a common set of rules, introducing conflict-resolution tools and encouraging positive language and inclusive behavior.
Students felt safer and more engaged when there were more organized activities and adults were involved.
Schools can be resistant to change, but it doesn’t hurt to find out how your child’s school tackles recess.