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Are you having your students miss playtime or recess as a consequence, yet still having the same problems? It can be hard to know what to do, especially when behaviors seem to pop up left and right. We’ve been there and we get it. Keep reading to learn why missing playtime and recess time isn’t helping our students in the long run (and can actually be making things worse).
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Why Missing Playtime and Recess Time Doesn’t Help
Do you feel like sometimes taking away recess or playtime as a consequence is your only option?
We know students need to run, move, and play for their development. But even MORE than that, if students are struggling with managing their emotions and interacting with their peers, where do they get to practice those skills?
They practice those skills, along with various other social-emotional skills, at recess and playtime.
If we take away that practice time, we could accidentally be making the situation worse. This doesn’t mean it’s OUR fault. It just means we could find stronger success with a different solution.
If students are struggling with unexpected behaviors, getting along with peers, transitions, routines, or more – they NEED recess and playtime in the classroom in order to practice these skills.
Because we can’t get better at something without the opportunities to improve.
Remember – consequence isn’t a bad word. But the ones we choose and how we navigate them with students absolutely matters.
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