Does taking away recess help?

one child’s “dream recess”

My colleague Dale Borman Fink, PhD, interview children about what they think when teachers take away recess, why they think teachers do it and whether it “works.” In this article, Dale and I review what the children had to say and share their perspectives. The children “favored recess and other parts of school that allowed physical activity and social interaction over more sedentary, isolating parts of school. Children were thoughtful and also offered Many understood teachers’ rationale for withholding recess; some thought it was helpful, up to a point. Others did not think it was solving the problems it was designed to address.”

They were skeptical it was having a beneficial effect on the small number of peers who lost recess regularly. Most respondents showed deference to their teachers and were inclined to regard them as wise and fair. The data from these interviews indicated that many children experienced anxiety, regret, and sometimes resentment with regard to the practice of withholding recess. Many wished teachers could identify other means of discipline to address issues that led to losing recess.

While this is a small study, it is insightful for all of us. The children’s voice is invaluable to discussions about recess and learning. If you would like to read this article in its entirety, click here for a link to the article in the Journal of School Health. If your institution does not subscribe to the Journal, please contact me directly for a copy for your personal use:

Fink, D. B. & Ramstetter, C. (November, 2018). “Even if they’re being bad, maybe they need a chance to run around”: What children think about recess. Journal of School Health.

Corryville Catholic SuperFit School Challenge

The Student Health Council at Corryville Catholic hosted a SuperFit School Challenge on Thursday, May 17 for all students.

SuperFit School Challenge is a healthy fundraiser obstacle course from Action for Healthy Kids. We hope this fundraiser will raise $4000 to support active, outdoor learning:

  1. Indoor recess equipment/games for older children (grades 5-8) since we only have access to indoor space for our recess;
  2. Classroom-based physical activity curriculum (e.g., CATCH, BrainBreaks)
  3. Experiential learning in our community through field trips to places like Cincinnati’s Outdoor Learning Center, Camp Joy and iSpace
By giving to Corryville Catholic Elementary School and SuperFit School Challenge, you’ll be able to help us give students the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge outside of the classroom setting. Donate now. Questions?

Corryville Catholic Student Health Council Newsletter

Read about the 2017-2018 Student Health Council Members! CCS Newsletter Formatted 2018

7th graders Amari, Joseph and Micah

8th graders Douglas, Eriana, Simeon and Zoey

Recess is Time to Play and Play is Serious

“It is the supreme seriousness of play that gives it its educational importance,” said Joseph Lee, the father of the playground movement. “Play seen from the inside, as the child sees it, is the most serious thing in life. … Play builds the child. … Play is thus the essential part of education.” Recess offers every child Time to Play. #recess #play #SuccessfulHealthyChildren

Schools are fundamental to fostering the whole child’s development

We count on our schools to provide healthful, safe learning environments. We expect a lot of our schools, and of our teachers…and they come to school each day facing challenges for their students that affect not only students but also our teachers…Read more about how teachers can maintain their wellness, and continue to thrive in their profession: When students are traumatized, teachers are too.