Recess Question

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  1. smithereyenes

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    How much recess time do you get? My principal is a micromanager and allows our students to have 15 minutes MAX....and that includes the time it takes to walk back from lunch, get our coats, walk outside, line up to go in, and walk back inside. So basically, we get about 5 minutes or so a day.

    I was just curious about some of the other schools.
     
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    We get 25 minutes including transition time both ways.

    We get our coats, line up, walk out, play,line up, get a drink, go to the bathroom, solve any residual tiffs, and then go back to the classroom. Sometimes that even includes waiting for the aides to decide where we are playing (inside, outside) and what game (if inside the gym). Plus if it is inside, we have to decide what equipment we need.
     
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    We have recess after lunch, and our entire lunch block is 45 minutes. By the time they eat and get everything on to go outside, they usually have 10-15 minutes.

    We also have an afternoon recess. I have to have them dressed and ready to go by 1:40, and they start lining up outside at 1:55.

    So, about 20-30 minutes total each day (depending on how quickly they dress).
     
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    Wow. I knew we were on the short side but I'm starting to feel really cheated!
     
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    15 minutes. But when the cat is not looking and it is nice and pretty outside....who knows how long we get. That's also without transition time.
     
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    our lunch and recess is an hour total...30 min each, including lining up and all.
     
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    Min, in my opinion, should be 15 min WITHOUT transition time.
     
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    WOW Miss Hunny. You're lucky. We get a total of 45 minutes (30 minutes for lunch, 15 minutes for recess). So, yeah, most days the kids barely get time to play, so they come back to class all hyper with pent up energy. Ugh.

    It sucks for us teachers as well.

    When I was in elementary school in the same school district about 15 years ago, we had 30 minutes for recess and 30 minutes for lunch.
     
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    I agree. Recess is learning tool too. It teaches the kids social skills, how to play together, self confidence, conflict resolution, and more. I also use it as a leveraging tool for when students are not behaving or haven't done homework. Kids don't want to lose a 15 minute recess but who cares if you miss 5? When 5 is all you get, I have nothing to take away.
     
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    smithereyenes, I swear, by reading your posts, we might just be teaching at the same school!! Except, we have 10 minutes (depending on what day you ask the P) and we are supposed to "TEACH" P.E. during that time with organized play.
     
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    We get a half hour recess in the morning. Our lunch is one hour--20 minutes in classrooms eating then 40 minutes recess. The younger kids start getting ready before the bell so that they are outside for most of the recess time.
     
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    I remember when I was in elementary school we had morning, noon, AND afternoon recess. You'd never hear of that happening now!
     
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    We get about 40 minutes for lunch and recess-25 for lunch, 15 for recess including transition times. Can you take your coats to lunch with you? That would save a few minutes. If we have to stay inside I usually give them an extra 5 minutes to get the wiggles out.
     
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    No way would that happen now! (and yes! I remember the good old days!)
     
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    Lord have mercy! Our AP would have a FIT if we took our coats to lunch with us. Our administration is just slightly uptight, if you can't tell. :rolleyes:
     
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    Thank goodness we have a PE teacher. That is pretty bad. Although before I came to the school three years ago, I have been told that the kids only had recess on non PE days so I guess things have gotten better for us even if it is only marginally.

    What city are you in? I am in Hinesville, near the coast.
     
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    15 minutes INCLUDING transition time?? That is ridiculous.
    What grade do you teach?

    I teach 1st, and we have a 30 minute recess. No, I do NOT include transition time. We are the last grade level to have recess for the day, so yup....when it's nice out we extend it a bit!
     
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    We have an hour for lunch and recess combined, with 30 minutes for lunch and 30 minutes for recess. Our kids go to lunch with coats on and take all their outdoor gear (hats, mittens, etc.) with them, so we have a full hour break (no lunch/recess duty).
     
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    45 minutes to eat and have recess. No one really gets that much time because they're not all seated and dismissed efficiently.

    Your State Dept. of Ed. generally mandates how many instructional hours you spend daily.

    We weren't asked but were told if our recess time needed to be lengthened our arrival time or dismissal time would be altered. I like being at school at 7:55 and being able to leave at 3:30.
     
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    I couldn't deal with that!

    My kids get a half hour outside in the am and a half hour at lunch.

    We also have 15 minutes of choice time in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon- in the classroom- games, coloring, blocks, legos, drawing, sewing, computer games, reading, books on tape, etc.

    I don't really have any transition before recess to deal with because our door goes right outside, so they just go out the door and play. Getting back in is a hassle though, especially on wet, cold days like today.

    I DO use recess and choice time as leverage and my whole behavior system is set up around it. Having a LONG recess allows for that!
     
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    At the last school I was teaching at, the students received 10 minutes after a 20 minutes lunch.
     
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    We have a morning recess from 10:05 - 10:25 (transition time is built into the classroom schedule before and after these times) and then after lunch the K-2 kids have 25 minutes to eat and 25 minutes to play outside, while the 3-5 kids have 15 minutes to eat and 35 minutes to play outside. Again, transition time to get dressed to go outside is incorporated into their eating time, and their classroom time upon return from outside.
     
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    At the school I'm at, we get a 40 minute lunch (20 of which is recess time) and a 15 minute recess 2 mornings a week (on non-PE days). This is 2nd grade and the same applies to 3rd grade. The Ks and 1s get their lunch recess plus a 15 minute recess daily, and the 4s and 5s get only lunch recess.

    Yes, gone are the good old days of morning, lunch, and afternoon recess. I miss those!! :)
     
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    I feel lucky! We get 15 minutes in the morning, 45 minutes for lunch (22 for eating 22 for play), and they bring everything to lunch and go straight out to play when done, and 10 minutes in the afternoon if they are 1-3. K gets even more recess and a choice time at the end of the day.
     
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    Our recess is actually dubbed "Teacher Directed PE" to fit our state's governor's new rule of having fit youngsters who get 150 hours of teacher directed PE a week. So with PE and "Teacher Directed PE" AKA recess we meet the requirement. We can't even call it recess in our plans. It has to be labeled Teacher Directed PE
     
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    Our kids get 25 minutes to eat and 15 minutes recess directly after lunch. When I first moved here (6 school years ago) the kids got 30 minutes for lunch and 30 minutes for recess it has successively decreased the more and more emphasis that is placed on AYP and testing. We used to get recess every day and now it's only on non-pe days.
     
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    we get 20 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon. The children need the break otherwise I would spend half the day on brain gym. It is well documented that adults and children alike do not concentrate well after a certain period the younger the person the less the time......besides break times allow socialising and other important activities.
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    That's nuts! We take our coats with us to lunch..it doesn't make sense to go back upstairs after lunch for our coats.
     
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    Scary. Are you sure you aren't in my school?! ;) Just kidding. It used to be that way for us but since I have been at the school, we have always had recess even on PE days. I think the only way it could get worse would be if they put that policy back into place.
     
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    Most of the schools around here still have this. Mine does. We have 20 minutes in the morning, 1 hour at lunch (25 to eat, 35 for recess) and then another 15 minutes in the afternoon. This is a pretty standard schedule around here.
     
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    We do not have recess!
     
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    We get 25 for lunch. Required to have a full 30 for recess, which also includes in 95 degree heat. I'd rather have an indoor options on those days!
     
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    That would be so nice! Although, not so much in the winter. Our 15-minute afternoon recess takes up about 30 minutes because of dressing and undressing. But they could definitely use 3 recesses, because we usually take little mental breaks throughout the day to just play a quick game or something. Getting them outside instead would be even better!
     
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    I feel so lucky! We have a full 20 minute recess (we are right by the playground) in the a.m. and 55 minutes for lunch & recess (kids go to playground as they finish, both areas are supervised). For days that we don't have P.E. (3x/week for 35 minutes), we also have a 15 minute afternoon recess.
     
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    I'm assuming that 150 hours per week is a typo. That said, "Teacher Directed PE" in lieu of recess strikes me as incredibly stupid: this means, functionally, that kids have no down time whatever - no time when they're figuring out what to do rather than being told, one way or another - and if nothing else that ought to be a violation of labor laws.

    It sure as blazes won't result in long-term robust improvement in test scores.
     
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    We total 4 and 1/2 hours -6 and 1/2 hours of recess a week! And that is in crummy weather. If it is beautiful weather, we are allowed to keep the kids out a little longer. Very flexible here.

    My P. and all the other teachers agree that the kids NEED the physical activity in order to do their best in class. And they need the exercise. And they need to learn the social skills of the playground.

    There are a lot of studies out recently about recess and learning. You might google them and pass them on to the P. if appropriate.

    I can't imagine a day the kids only get 5 min. of recess! FYI, this applies to K-6th graders.
     
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    We have a break everyday for 15 minutes. PreK-2nd grade will take their kids outside to run around but 3rd-5th grade choose not to take their kids out. I think it's a shame to not let them get out and run around a bit. Our school district took out all of the playground equipment several years ago. I think it's because they are afraid of a kid getting injured and getting sued.

    However, the kids at my school are fortunate to come to my gym for PE everyday. So even though they do not have an extended "recess" time, they are getting plenty of exercise with me in the gym.

    I am assuming you mean 150 minutes :D

    Here in Texas we are required to get 135 minutes a week. To me recess is not the same as PE and I think it is wrong to call it that and to make teachers run it. Do you not have a full time PE teacher?
     

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