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ERIC Number: EJ1140007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Keeping Recess in Schools
Zavacky, Francesca; Michael, Shannon L.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v88 n5 p46-53 2017
Recess is an important part of a comprehensive school physical activity program by providing physical activity to students during the school day, in addition to physical education and classroom physical activity. Unfortunately, recess in the United States is not an expected part of the school day, especially in middle and high schools. High-stakes testing and state and federal requirements have prompted well-meaning school leaders to nudge recess off the schedule, replacing it with increased desk time and little to no opportunities to engage in physical activity and socialization during the school day. The purpose of this article is to explain the benefits of recess and describe strategies to help schools keep recess in the school day and create a culture of physical activity that uses recess as a catalyst for learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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