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A change in recess policy!?

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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This is what we just received from the school.  What are your thoughts????



Dear Prairie Grove Parent/Guardian,
As you may know, our primary students
currently have recess outside in the
morning/afternoon weather permitting. This
recess is in addition to their daily lunch recess.
As you can imagine a lot of time is lost getting
students dressed and undressed for the
weather. Because recess time is unstructured,
more time is lost ironing out hurt feelings and
handling peer problems. As a staff, we have
studied the data from our referrals. A majority
of our discipline problems occur during and
after this unstructured recess time. In an
attempt to reduce these problems and actually
increase instructional time, the elementary
teachers will be moving away from a
morning/afternoon recess and restructuring this
time using a program similar to Brain Gym. In
a nutshell, our students would watch and
imitate a video of our physical education
teachers doing short stretches and exercise
movements within the classroom, some from
Brain Gym and some from other resources.
This would be done a few times throughout the
Restructuring recess/learning
Additional Information
Prairie Grove Elementary
day creating brain breaks at better intervals.
(Example: A teacher has a 40-minute block of
writing. After 20 minutes, the students take a
brain break by performing 5 minutes of
exercise. This would happen four times per
day.) Teachers would then be able to use the
actual recess time to teach writing. I have
shared our writing scores with you on the left
hand side of this page. As you can see, our
writing scores are nowhere near the standards
that we have held for our reading and math
scores, which have earned us great recognition
over the years. Our school improvement plan
for next school year will incorporate a highly
touted writing program called Lucy Calkins.
The only feasible way to implement this
program is to find more instructional time
within the day. As always, we will evaluate
this program at the end of the year and make
modifications if needed. We thank you for
supporting this decision to increase our
academic success while still understanding the
value of physical exercise.

by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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missiongirl
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Does make me mad that they spent all that money on the equipement and renovations on their outdoor equipment.  Also, I think we should be able to vote on these things.

HeatherSumowski
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I think its a great idea to go away from unstructured play 3X per day and spend more instructional time.  I do think physical activity is important.  Is there a way they can make one of those times structured physical time?  I'm not saying replace recess with sit in your desk and listen to the teacher time, but they can do something that requires problems solving like a scavenger hunt or something like that.

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jillbailey26
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I think they're trying to keep the physical part of the outside play, but structure it more to avoid the peer to peer problems they've been having.  It seems that most of the time is being wasted on getting dressed appropriately for outside and then arguing or hurt feelings with kids.  There's not much "playing" going on anyway.

I think it's a good idea to focus on keeping kids happy, but still incorporating some physical activity through the day.  Then they can also focus on the writing skills that the kids are lacking in.  


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sweetdragoness
by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM

The kids in my county dont even HAVE a recess time past kindergarten

maxswolfsuit
by Max on May. 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM

 It seems like a good way to keep up the physical activity and still leave more time for instruction. It also sounds like they still have recess after lunch. They were spending way more time at recess than most kids do if they had it twice a day.

lwalker270
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Personally, I would have an issue with it.  I strongly believe that kids need time for unstructured play where they can use their imagination and pretend.  How much time do they get for after-lunch recess?

jbs_mommy
by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM

It sounds like a compromise - keep the physical activity while reducing the unstructured portion of the day (if I read it right, there will still be regular recess.)  I'm surprised there was more than 1 recess in a single day to begin with!

Kris_PBG
by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

So how many minutes of actual recess would they have under this new schedule?

 

Miranda1127
by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:02 PM

 I think it sounds like a wonderful idea.

janitablue
by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:13 PM


Quoting lwalker270:

Personally, I would have an issue with it.  I strongly believe that kids need time for unstructured play where they can use their imagination and pretend.  How much time do they get for after-lunch recess?


I agreed. It seem like everything is so structure in their life. Little unstructure recess won't hurt them.


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