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ERIC Number: ED540730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The State of Play: Gallup Survey of Principals on School Recess
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
When most people talk about how to improve education, they tend to focus only on what happens in the classroom. But the most unexpected opportunity to boost learning lies outside the classroom: on the playground at recess. A new, first-of-its-kind Gallup poll reveals that elementary school principals overwhelmingly believe recess has a positive impact not only on the development of students' social skills, but also on achievement and learning in the classroom. These findings arrive on the heels of groundbreaking research linking more recess to better behavior and focus in the classroom. Recess doesn't come without challenges. Because it is often disorganized and difficult to manage, recess is the time when principals encounter the vast majority of their school's disciplinary problems. While principals unequivocally see recess as an asset to learning, even a modest effort to improve behavior on the playground can pay significant dividends throughout the school day. The poll was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with valuable assistance from the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Playworks.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; National Association of Elementary School Principals