I just wanted to remind you that my students have no recess. To say it breaks my heart is an understatement. I’ve blogged about it before but I know there are some new readers… Yes, there is no recess…only once a week gym.
I’ve talked to some of the “old timers” at my school and they tell me that there used to be recess, but it was cut. It happened before my time so I can’t comment on why, but I think it needs to change. There are some bitterly cold days here that would make venturing out a bad idea, but in general it’s just plain common sense that kids should get outside as much as possible.
Yesterday’s weather was in the 40 to 50 degree range. At daycare my son went outside with his class — they went for a walk. It was there first of the year. Why couldn’t my students at my school get that chance? The school day should be lengthened to accommodate recess. It’s not a choice — it’s an imperative. I believe many behavior problems would start resolving themselves. Improve school lunches and look out!
Watch this newstory from PBS linking physical activity and increases in reading and math. To me, it’s a no brainer:
Chicagoland Students See Success Hitting the Gym, Then Hitting the Books The video is below: