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May 21, 2014

Recess Time Declining in Seattle Schools, Local News Outlet Finds

Eleven Seattle schools schedule only 20 minutes or less for recess each day, according to KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio.

March 17, 2014

New Book Studies 'The Art of Play'

How children play is endlessly fascinating to educators, but how do children themselves think about play?

March 12, 2014

Making the Case for Increased Playtime in Schools

A Commentary in a recent issue of Education Week makes the case that increasing playtime in schools will help improve students' focus and academic performance while cutting back on behavior issues.

March 11, 2014

Studying Play in 'The Art of Play'

A new book by Anna R. Beresin examines play, recess, and creativity from several angles.

March 04, 2014

Finland's Latest Export: A Novel Approach to Recess

In Finland, a 1st grader spends 4.5 hours a day in school, 1.5 hours of which are devoted to "unstructured outdoor play."

January 20, 2014

Recess Isn't Long Enough for Deep Thinking, Says Play Expert

Early-childhood experts say adults are often not giving students long enough stretches to develop their minds--especially during the school day.

January 14, 2014

Recess Too Short for Analytical Thinking, Play Expert Asserts

Intense, analytical thinking begins 30 minutes after preschool-age children start recess, a University of Delaware professor asserts.

May 14, 2013

Supervised Recess Found to Slightly Increase Students' Physical Activity

New research shows that children whose recess time is accompanied by coaches directing their play are a little more active than kids with comparatively unstructured recess.

May 14, 2013

Structured Recess Boosts Students' Physical Activity—a Little

Recess supervised by coaches has been shown to increase students' physical activity to an extent.

April 19, 2013

Educators Want Mandatory Health, Physical Education in Schools, Survey Finds

A majority of parents and K-12 educators report the need for mandatory health and physical education in schools, according to a new survey by KidsHealth in the Classroom.

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