California Educator Cover Story: Reclaiming Recess

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Play during schooltime improved students’ behavior and academic performance

Recess matters, and educators are taking note. California Educator, the magazine of the California Teachers Association, featured Playworks on the cover of their May/June 2016 issue.

Why now? As Editor in Chief Katharine Fong put it,

"Ask any kid what their favorite part of the school day is, and the answer is often 'Recess!' 

In recent years however, school and district efforts to prep students for even more testing meant recess was not mission-critical and could be shortened or even axed—despite findings from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other research that shows its enormous benefits. 

California Educator's story 'Reclaiming Recess' highlights a few California schools and educators who are taking recess back, recognizing recess' crucial role in optimizing a child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, and how learning and attention improve following a break."

Read California Educator's feature story:  "Reclaiming Recess" by Sherry Posnick-Goodwin.

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