Classroom Management Strategies and other Teacher Worthy Ideas
One of the hardest things for me to understand during my last years as an elementary teacher was that my students couldn’t go outside in the fresh air and “chill!” In my last district experience, children were inside the building from 7:30 to 3:15 and not let outside unless they had P.E. twice a week for about 40 minutes each. The resulting “ants in their pants” behavior was obvious after the first 60 minutes each day. I know many of you totally agree with me.
I truly do understand the recent “wall” of required testing for accountability. I do! We need to be held accountable for our teaching. But wait! There is a school in Texas that found out that if children are given a “brain break” outside, the number of behavior management situations significantly decreased. Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful idea for you.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees, calling recess “a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development.” Studies show it offers important cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits, yet many schools are cutting down on breaks to squeeze in more lessons, which may be counterproductive, it warns.”
Finland practices this frequent “brain break” and usually has the highest scores in the world in reading, math, and science.
Can that practice work here? Please read this case study of a school in Texas. It just might give you more ammunition to present to your local school board. BTW, my local county school district is reconsidering their restrictive policy about Recess. The movement has begun!
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