Summit on the Power of Play

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) Home and School Health Committee and the Cincinnati Pediatric Society invite you to our Summit on the Power of Play Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at Cincinnati Children’s… Read More

Recess in YOUR school

I am actively seeking at least one school to partner with in the 2019-2021 school years to conduct action research on recess. Working together, we will explore and document your school’s current state of recess and play, to… Read More

Researching recess since 2007

I’ve been researching recess since 2007, during my first year of doctoral training. I started researching recess because I went to a talk by Dr. Joe Thompson in Columbus Ohio Dr. Joe Thompson was what some people might… Read More

Classroom practices support optimum recess

Today, I read Dina Strasser’s article, Creating Classrooms That Teach the Whole Kid about creating collaborative classrooms. She writes that teaching is “about the whole kid – the entire kit and caboodle of what they need to know to… Read More

Why recess?

Recess is the time during the school day when children can play. It is as essential to the school—to the child—as the subjects of math, reading, and science, and all the other academic subjects. These subjects teach children… Read More

Supporting teachers to be ready for recess

As part of the research my colleague Dr. Dale B. Fink and I are doing, we surveyed and interviewed teachers about their perspectives on recess. 100% of the teachers indicated at least one benefit of recess, but many… Read More

Does taking away recess help?

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… Read More