15 minutes of anything but work… Recess in high school

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.

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