Last year, 6th graders had 35 minutes for lunch and recess, and 5th graders had 40 minutes. This year, both grades have half an hour. Teachers have expressed concern, and to their credit, administrators are hearing us. Unfortunately, they feel they have no chance to change things this year.
That means that, in order to get outside to play, kids have to shovel food down their throats in fifteen minutes, assuming they have food in front of them right as they come in to the cafeteria. Standing in line takes time. Kids are required to stay in the cafeteria for at least fifteen minutes, and monitors check to make sure kids are eating. But even under the best circumstances, until they get to the gym or outside, they only have about ten minutes to play.
And then tonight, I read this article, published in the Washington Post last summer. And it made me wonder if we have it all wrong. Click on this link to read the article.
The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class
Read it and see what you think.
How about your students? How much time do they have for recess? Do you think it's enough?