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Recess - PEDU 575 A break from structured activity during...

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PEDU 575
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A break from structured activity during the school day in which children are allowed time for active, free play
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Physical health and development All the benefits associated with physical activity Improved motor skills Mental health Growth of brain cells Changes in brain chemistry Improved concentration, new skill mastery, memory, academic performance
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Emotional health Improved mood Reduced depression Social health Negotiating Cooperating Taking turns Following rules Problem solving Conflict resolution
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Recess benefits teachers, too!
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At least one period of 20 minutes per day Recess should not replace PE Recess should not be scheduled back-to- back with PE Recess should not be viewed as a reward Adequate space, facilities and equipment should be provided Children should be taught positive social skills
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Activities should be child-directed with little adult intervention Safety rules should be taught and reinforced - bullying should not be allowed Qualified adults should supervise recess
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