Disappearing Recess Implications – Ben Hirshberg

Students Take Charge

  • Another important reason to get children out of classrooms and into a non-academic setting is so they can learn how to be proactive rather than just reactive. Recess is the only time in the day where students are in charge of their own activities, which provides kids with a sense of control and positive self-esteem. A lack of control in activities is linked to impaired problem solving abilities. Child driven play also allows children to practice making decisions and discover what kind of activities they enjoy. In addition to learning how to be autonomous, children gain other valuable life skills during recess.
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