Recess Strategies

so-then-iThis week, we used the book “So then I…” to learn about recess strategies.  Recess can be a time of great freedom and fun, but for many students, recess can be a time of stress.

Common recess stressors include:

  • feeling embarrassed
  • not knowing what to do, or not being skilled enough
  • not understanding if others are friends or foes
  • being rejected by the group

When recess becomes a time of stress, it can have a significant impact on the learning that takes place in the classroom.  Students may  withdraw or act out.

Recess stress and how it impacts the learning in the classroom:

  • hinders students from being open and ready to learn
  • releases cortisol, which stops new learnings from “settling into memory”
  • refocuses attention on surviving the school day, not thriving

Many students need explicit instruction in solving social challenges at recess and increasing calming skills.

I have scanned the entire book we read this week in class so that you can access it at home.  Please click on the link below:

So then I…

If you have any questions or concerns please let Madame Lexy know!


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