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Recess Management


Recess is an important time for kids. It's a time for building social skills, letting off steam, and getting much-needed exercise. But, as most principals know too well, recess can spawn the bulk of the day's discipline problems. The articles below from Education World's archive share practical tips for smooth-running recesses.

Sports4Kids: Reforming Recess by Teaching the Rules of Play
Is recess the most harried time of your day? A time when fights and visits to the nurse's office skyrocket? Before you eliminate recess, consider these principals' thoughts about Sports4Kids, a program that has reformed their playgrounds and restored order to recess.


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Recess Before Lunch Can Mean Happier, Healthier Kids
Recess follows lunch almost as predictably as four follows three, because it always has been that way. Principals who have put recess first, though, have noticed children eat more and behave better after lunch. Included: Tips for making the transition.

Playground Pass Creates Recess Success
If you've done recess duty, you know the playground is not all fun and games. Wouldn't you love a simple, straightforward teaching tool that steers students away from trouble and into recess success? The Playground Pass does just that.

Should Schools Take a Break from Recess?
Does it make sense, educationally and developmentally, to eliminate recess for students in elementary school? That question is the subject of debate among educators. What do teachers and parents have to say?

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Last updated 06/26/2008