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ERIC Number: EJ1135465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Structured Recess: Finding a Way to Make It Work
Scudieri, Dena; Schwager, Susan
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v88 n4 p34-39 2017
Time is a highly contested resource in today's schools. Proactive physical educators and savvy school administrators are acknowledging the benefits of devoting time during the school day, beyond regular physical education classes, for students to engage in physical activity with an eye toward enhancing student's health and well-being, as well as improving classroom learning. This article describes how one physical education teacher worked with her principal to add two 30-minute sessions per week where students apply and practice skills taught in their physical education class with the assistance of paraprofessionals in a structured recess program. In addition, the article describes how to select activities that work, as well as ideas for how to include students in decision making, and how to train paraprofessionals to assist with the program. Further, the article points to the importance of physical education teacher education programs preparing physical education professionals who are ready to take on expanded roles within the school community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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