How long are your recesses?

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  1. Backroads

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    Other New Teacher previously taught in Florida where there was one big recess in the day. Our recesses are split about the day. It's a bit shorter than what I'm used to, but not off the usual. How long are yours and how many do you have a day?
     
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    Our one recess is 20 minutes. Kindergarten gets an additional 25 minutes, but it's also during their specials time, so they're only getting 20 minutes of specials.
     
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    We have three recesses. 15/30/15. (The 30-minute recess precedes their 30-minute in-class lunch.)
     
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    Officially, according to district-mandated minutes, we have one 10 minute recess (elementary -- I teach 1st grade). Unofficially, we take one 15-20 minute recess and I occasionally add an extra 15 minute recess.
     
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    One 20 minute recess
     
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    I'll never understand why districts or administrators think it's a good idea to mandate something that is directly in opposition to developmentally appropriate practices.
     
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    I teach at the high-school level, so I can’t really relate, but for what it’s worth I have 5-minute passing periods and one 45-50 minute lunch depending on the day of the week.
     
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    One 30 minute recess in the morning--10 minutes inside to eat snack and 20 minutes outside. 60 minute lunch--20 minutes inside to eat lunch then 40 minutes outside.

    In addition to recess, we are mandated to provide 20 minutes of physical activity on days when the students don't have Phys Ed.
     
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    One 15 minute recess. Many of us throw in an extra one on a beautiful Friday afternoon.
     
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    That’s so many things in education right now though. Like... I’m a fan of common core over all, but it’s SUPER developmentally inappropriate for lower elementary. As long as things are being mandated by people who either have no clue or are under pressure from people who have no clue, it’ll just keep happening.
     
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    This sounds amazing, and I’m curious what the rest of your daily schedule looks like to accommodate that much recess.
     
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    The students have 300 minutes of instructional time daily--100 minutes of that must be Literacy and 60 minutes must be Math. Science, Social Studies, Phys Ed, Health, and the Arts (Drama, Dance, Visual Arts, Music) fill the rest of the time.
     
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    Does literacy include writing for you, or is that separate?
     
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    Literacy includes Reading, Writing, Oral communication and Media Literacy. We do a lot of integration of Literacy concepts in Science and Social Studies.
     
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    15 minute mid-morning recess.

    50 minute lunch (which includes a 25 minute recess).

    This year, we asked if they wanted us to schedule an official afternoon recess (which would include a rotating yard duty schedule...just like the mid-morning recess). The teachers wholeheartedly voted no. They said they'd take their classes out on their own.

    Kids need to get out and release their energy. Being cooped up in a classroom isn't healthy for anyone!
     
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    This is why I have loved our schedule in the years I have been here. It's a pretty consistent set of 1-1.5 hour blocks that are separated by each of the three recesses. Never too long of a time in one shot.
     
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    This is ideal in my opinion. Students need breaks!

    If I, as an adult, had to sit through a PD or training for three hours straight with no breaks, I'd be very unhappy about that and would totally tune out what was being said after a while. That many adults are unwilling to give children the same consideration boggles me.
     
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    Our students are out of control after recess and we get no teaching done for the rest of the day. Suggestions?
     
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    I read to students right after recess. It's the best activity I've found to calm them down. It could be tough to do though if you have multiple recesses - we don't.
     
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    I'd put some time into practicing appropriate transitions from the wilder to the calmer. And plan carefully for what you'll do right after recess - make sure it's something low-key rather than high-energy or with partners.

    I'll often prep students by telling them exactly what the expectations are when they come back into class. By having a task (whether working on something or just making sure they get certain materials ready), they are focused on that rather than goofing off.
     

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