Disappearing Recess Implications – Ben Hirshberg

Learning Important Skills

  • During play, children can practice adult roles and learn societal norms. Undirected play allows children the opportunity to develop the ability to share, self advocate, negotiate, and resolve conflicts. Empathy and the ability to see others’ point of view is also developed when students play freely. During recess children learn leadership skills, teach games to each other, and learn how to take turns. All of these skills are critically important to success as an adult, so to provide children with a recess period is to give them an opportunity to develop skills they will use the rest of their lives. While learning all of these skills during recess, children also develop social relationships among their peers.
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