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