Recess is effective in getting children to focus and behave during the day. A big part of development in childhood is getting plenty of exercise. Sitting in a classroom all day yields few benefits to children who don’t get to move around much during the school day. Getting recess taken away should not be a punishment because it is often the disruptive children that need recess the most. There are several other ideas, like taking away a specific piece of playground equipment as punishment as opposed to having them sit out for the entire recess. Allow kids to move around and they will perform better in school.
- Children who are disruptive or fidgety in class are the ones who are most in need of recess.
- Instead of losing recess, kids can be punished by making them do something physical, such as walking laps or raking leaves.
- Losing screen time is a better punishment than losing recess time.
“Do we continue to take away recess as a punishment, or do we come up with other options to give kids more not less of what they need to regulate their bodies and behavior at school?”