The first thing I tell all of my middle school students that will be transitioning to high school is, “There is no longer a recess time.” Why is that?
When you have an eight hour job, you are allotted two 15 minute breaks and a 30-60 minute lunch daily. Research has found that taking a break allows us to clear our minds and lower our stress levels. This allows us to focus better when we are asked to accomplish a task .
So if our mission is to prepare our students for college or career readiness, then why are we taking this break away from our students?
In the video below, you will observe a high school that has incorporated a “recess” into their day. The purpose of this break is to give their students 15 minutes of mindfulness and/or activities that allows them to engage with their peers in a comfortable and meaningful way.