How Much Actual Free Time Do Your Students Have Each Day

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  1. teacherman1

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    How Much Actual Free Time Do Your Students Have Each Day?

    How much actual recess time do your kids have each day? The Providence Elementary school I was in back in 2005 officially had no recess. But the PTB came up with the great idea that, if a student finished eating quickly, they could play outside for the balance of the 30 minute lunch period.

    This school was in an inner city area and close to 100% free lunch. Kids were choking their lunches down, or simply dumping them, in order to re-capture a little play time. (can't find a sad smiley)

    What is your experience?

    Steve
     
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    We have a 40 minute recess daily.
     
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    Our students have a 30 minute recess in the morning and a 1 hour lunch (20 minutes to eat and 40 minutes recess).
     
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    We are scheduled for 20 minute recess time. I don't always take my kids out because our playground is really not equipped for such large classes, but we are allowed that allotted time.
     
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    Our kids have two recesses a day. So about an hour of recess each day with both combined.
     
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    Is that in addition to lunch?
     
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    15 morning recess and 30 minutes at lunch. The lunch is 45 minutes, but they have to stay in for 15 minutes to avoid kids skipping out on the food.
     
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    I've never been to a school that doesn't have at least 1-2 recesses in addition to lunch, and I've been to more than a couple in the last few years. Most have one morning recess, and then one after lunch. The ones that attach recess directly to lunch don't let the kids leave whenever they want. There's always some kind of schedule so the kids don't scarf down their food in order to play.
     
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    Our district is mainly a 15 minute recess (either morning or afternoon depending on the scheduling), then a 35-40 minute lunch (20-25 of which is recess). One school strangely enough has a 2nd 15 minute recess...but that's the only anomaly I've seen
     
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    Intriguingly, one school in our district (maybe others too, but I've only seen one do it) has recess first and then lunch after that for the lunch/recess combo...for that particular reason. It creates less worry about rushing for the kids which is especially important given that for many it is a meal that they can count on during the day.
     
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    I've seen this as well and I think it's a much better system. The kids also return to class much more relaxed and ready to learn.
     
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    NC law requires kids to have 30 minutes.
     
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    20 minutes recess and 30 minutes of PE daily. I know we are lucky to have daily pe anymore.
     
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    Our kids have 45 min. to an hour for lunch, with 20-30 minutes of that for recess, along with a 15-min. afternoon recess.
     
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    We get 15 minutes of recess (5 of which are loss to lining up to go to the playground and outside, then to line back up and come in the building).

    I don't really consider lunch (30 minutes) to be free time because the monitors are very strict and the children are not supposed to talk until they're finished eating or else they do not finish their lunch, then teachers are yelled at by parents that their child doesn't have enough time to eat.

    I did lunch duty once and it was really stressful
     
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    Since I am the only adult in the building, I make the schedule. We have recess/snack in the a.m. and recess/lunch. My 1st usually has some free time inside in the afternoon, too, while I'm working with my 8th, but not a scheduled recess.
     
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    30 minutes recess, 30 minutes lunch.

    60 minutes duty free lunch for teachers.
     
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    My kids get 15 minutes of recess before lunch, and 15 minutes for lunch. I think the 15 minutes for lunch is awful. By the time they get through the line they only have a couple of minutes to eat, and the paras are always lining them up early so they can be ready for the next group. We also have a 10 minute recess in the afternoon for our grade level supervised by us. Before school kids can come as early as 8:30 and they can play on the playground until the bell rings at 8:55. They don't come into classrooms early or do "morning work" as I've seen in other schools. The lunch thing bothers me way more than the short recess! We are 100% free and reduced lunch too. We also serve breakfast, but again kids have to just shove a few bites in. We only have 5 minutes between the beginning of school and the start of their specials.
     
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    Thanks Waterfall,
    Your response made me think of a couple of other factors that figure into an accurate answer to "How much actual free time..."
    My previous school had no recess, but it did have some time before school when the kids could run around on the playground or go inside and have breakfast (almost 100% free). It all depended on how early they got to school.

    The school I was assigned to this year took away that free time in the morning by not letting the kids into the schoolyard 'til the last minute. Then teachers had to hand out the "breakfasts" in the classroom (to be eaten while "working") and the teachers had to clean up after them. ie spills, muffin wrappers, apple cores etc - to be done while teaching!

    The mice and cockroaches really like this arrangement.

    Oh, a 15 minute recess was tacked onto the end of the 30 minute lunch - a good portion of which was spent standing in line and often silent. Teachers then had to meet the class at the cafeteria, line them up and accompany them to the playground. It took 5 minutes to walk them there. Then they got 10 minutes to run while the teachers monitored. Often teachers denied even that 10 minutes to children because they hadn't done their morning "work" or had misbehaved.

    I confess that I did use recess as a bargaining chip - because it was actually the only fun thing that kids did not want to miss. Unfortunately, the kids who needed to run around the most were usually the ones who lost it.:(
     
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    Starting in 4th grade 0 for recess. Lunch for 1-8 is 25 minutes and much of the time is silent lunch. Specials PE once a week, unless you didn't score proficient on 2 practice state tests, then you go to intervention, and that teacher gets no planning period. Lunch is never duty free. it is a mess. With that said, I still love my job because I love the students. Most teachers won't give homework because we want the kids to have time to play after school.
     
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    My kiddos go to lunch & then recess. Each are about 30 min. Back to back, so teachers get a 60 min. duty free lunch. Although, when they go outside there's at least 1 of us there helping the kids put on coats & get zipped, just so they can get outside sooner.
     
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    They get 25 minutes of recess and 25 minutes of lunch.
     
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    We have 2 recesses a day, but they're only 10 minutes each. It takes a few minutes to get outside, so they hardly get any time. Last year they were 15 minutes each.
     
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    That's interesting. Adult employees in the jewelry factory where I'm now working get exactly the same breaks as the kids - A 10 minute "coffee-break" in the morning, 30 minute lunch and 10 minute coffee-break in the afternoon.

    Why not bring back child labor? I bet the kids might even like the factory work better.

    At least they'd get paid!
     
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    My kids get a 20 minute morning recess and a 35 minute lunch, which includes eating (about 20 minutes) and playing (about 15 minutes).
     
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    No, that includes 10 minutes of eating for lunch.

    So first recess they have to sit for 10 minutes then get 20 minutes recess. Second recess is 30 minutes. So I guess it's more accurate to say 50 minutes.
     
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    My students get a 15 minute morning recess, and then another 15 minute recess before their 30 minute lunch. They eat so much better when they have recess before lunch.
     
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    My kiddos get a mid-morning recess (20 minutes). As far as lunch goes, they get a 50 minute lunch/recess (duty free for teachers).
     
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    Yikes! 35 minutes? :eek:
     
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    Yeah, it's WAY too short. They're adding 10 minutes next year, thank goodness!
     
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    15 minutes of recess in morning, 20 minutes of lunch recess
     
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    It's so sad that kids barely get any time to be kids anymore. The school day is long, especially with just a short break in the middle of it. They need time to refresh, in a way, so their brains are ready to come back in and do more learning.
     
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    So, does anyone on the forum have a situation as bad as I described at my school?

    Again:
    No run around time before school
    No morning recess or break
    20 minutes to eat (after standing in lines and often "silent")
    10 minute teacher supervised recess (weather permitting)
    No afternoon recess or break
    No after school run around time

    I need to know because this is part of my Washington speech in April.
     
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    My kids get a 15 minute snack time followed by a 25 minute recess in the morning.

    At lunch they get 20 minutes to eat and 40 minutes for recess.
     
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    I've never seen this, no.
     
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    We have 20 minutes of recess in the morning, then they eat lunch in their classrooms for either 15 or 25 minutes (K-2 get 10 minutes longer to eat, since it takes them longer to eat AND get dressed to go out). Then either 25 or 35 minutes (less time for K-2, since they spend more time eating and getting dressed) of recess time after lunch.
     
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    Our kids have one 35-minute recess at lunch time.
     
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    The students at my school get an hour of recess all total in the first through third grade classes. Fourth and fifth get fifty minutes and kindergarten also gets fifty minutes. It is morning recess, half of lunch, ten minutes at the end of the day. There also is a twenty minute eating time for all children added to the recess time.
     
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    We allot 60 minutes free time to our kids with 3 break. One short break of 15 min. is just after comnpletion of an hr and half. At that short period, the kid can take there part of lunch and teachers collect the entire homework being alloted to them. Then comes a long lunch break of 30 minutes. At this break, the student take up there lunch and can play in rest of the time. Then before the student leave the school, there is a zero hour of 15 mintues, where students alloted hoework are being checked if the student have taken it properly.
     
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