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As schools search for more time for academic learning, recess is the wrong place to look.

In "Why The Simple Solution To Academic Success Might Be More Recess," Catherine Pearson profiles a school learning that increased recess time—four 15-minute recess breaks each day—means more successful classrooms. According to one teacher, "We hit them hard with new skills in the morning, like math, then they go outside for 15 minutes. When they come back in, their brains are ready to absorb again."

Looking for resources to effectively revive recess at your school? Pearson notes that Playworks, "has helped schools decrease bullying and improved transition times from play to learning.

Pearson also cites a brief from the American Association of Pediatricians, "The Crucial Role of Recess in School," which provides helpful context and recommendations for safe, healthy play at recess. 

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