As Recess Goes…
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We are often asked how schools can justify spending money on recess at a time when other programs are being cut. It’s a logical question. But after 14 years on school playgrounds, we’ve seen first hand that recess is a real predictor of the school day. Good or bad, as recess goes, so goes the school day. When you invest in recess, you actually invest in classroom learning.
Because kids return to the classroom more engaged and ready to learn, a well-run recess can magnify the investment that schools make in all their programs – academics to enrichment.
Principals, teachers and school nurses consistently tell us that they see fewer discipline issues, injuries and conflicts when we’re at the school. In fact, more than 1,900 teachers, principals, and other school staff were surveyed during the 2009-10 school year. Here’s a bit of what they reported:
- 88% report a decrease in the number of disciplinary referrals
- 87% report a decrease in the number of physical and verbal conflicts
- 86% report a decrease in the incidents of bullying during recess
At a first year school in Boston, the suspension rate dropped 80% within the first six months of Playworks programming. The school credits Playworks with helping 4th and 5th graders learn the behavioral expectations and lowering discipline referral rates.
Learn more about why play matters or see how you can make recess count.