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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    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 :(
     
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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.
     
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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!
     
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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.
     
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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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