Disappearing Recess Implications – Ben Hirshberg

Exercise More Fidget Less

  • While recess takes place outside of the classroom, it positively impacts the time that children spend in the classroom. In a study of over 10,000 eight and nine year old children, researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that the students who had at least fifteen minutes of play time during the school day had better classroom behavior than the students who had less than fifteen minutes of play time. Additionally, children have been shown to be less fidgety and more on task when they have recess. This appears to be especially true for students diagnosed with ADHD, who were among the students who benefited the most from having recess. Recess has been shown to assist in the development of friendships among students, which is conducive to learning in the classroom, and helps classroom behavior is more indirect ways as well.
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