Is Structured or Non-structured Recess the Way to Go?

Rae Pica with Steven Roy Goodman, Deborah Meier, & MeMe Roth


Some say the obesity crisis mandates that we structure recess so that we use the limited time allotted for physical activity effectively. Others counter that school is already over-structured and that the bigger threat to children is the loss of initiative, which is more readily nurtured through unstructured recess. Does structured recess turn children off to being active? More instruction or more space? Listen and decide.

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