How long are your recesses?

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  1. agdamity

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    We have one thirty minute recess after their 30 minute lunch.
     
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    After a recent state audit we were told to increase instructional time. We don't have a set recess to begin with so I'm not sure how we'd add it in :(
     
  6. futuremathsprof

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    Wow! An hour lunch?! Incredible.
     
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    Wait, I’m confused. If you have no recess, then how can you increase instructional time without increasing the length of the school day? Am I interpreting your post correctly?
     
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    We all--kids and staff--need to have that down time. We are able to take advantage of this block for clubs, sport team practices, etc.
     
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    10 MINUTES?! WHERE DO YOU TEACH? PRISON?!
    I thought my one 25 minute recess was bad.
     
  10. miss-m

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    I don't know a single teacher who actually does 10 minutes. Admin didn't even tell us that was the official time limit -- we were told 15 minutes (which is not much better!), and I ignore even that to push it to 20. Kids need to run. If my first graders can run full speed for a solid 20 minutes without being worn out, they need more time to play.
     
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    I don't know. We have 5 minutes between periods which take up time. Plus homeroom which doesn't count as instructional time. I have no idea who wrote out our schedule but it's lame.
     
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    Our elementary (K-6) students get 30 minutes of recess daily. Typically in the spring you start to see teachers taking their classes out for extra recess once the snow finally leaves.
     
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    Not long enough.
     
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    One 20 minute recess. My old site had one 12 minute recess.
     
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    This post made me laugh, lol!
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    Chances are that some MrsC's school's hour-long lunch factors in the time required to put on and take off snow gear and still leave kids enough time to move.

    I'm old enough to have gone to junior high, not middle school, and to remember - in both junior high and high school - seven-period days with 5-minute passing periods, a 40-minute lunch after period 4 or 5, and a 15- or 20-minute break between periods 2 and 3 that was called "nutrition" during which the snack bar would be open and selling reprehensibly salty and fatty things and the occasional apple. Running on the athletic fields during nutrition wasn't the done thing, but nutrition certainly functioned as a brain break in the way that recess is, not to mention a time in which it was possible to get to one's locker or dare the girls' bathroom with less risk of being late for the next class.
     
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    I like that model. In my area, not all kids can take part in clubs or sports teams because of transportation issues since all are after school. In MS there is no late bus. In HS it is only once a week. Some HSs have all bussing or driving because there are no neighborhoods near the school.
     
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    The reason...........people who have no classroom experience are writing the curriculum mindlessly.
    Actually, I am designing my own curriculum for my classroom.
     
  19. Teacher234

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    20 minutes of free time. 1 hour of independent work time (not recess, but kind of the same principle)
    Parties at least once a week
     
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    How long is your school day? That's a lot of time for recess! That's great though.
     

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