Portions of the following essay were printed in “The Oregon Science Teacher” in their pre-conference edition in September, 2010. The theme of the conference was “The Pursuit of Excellence in Science Teaching.” Allan Bruner was the Conference Chair and Past-President of the OSTA when this essay was initially written. He currently serves this chapter affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association as the Comptroller.
In addition to reducing bullying and helping to clear the way for improved classroom learning, a positive recess experience has other important benefits. Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics pointed to the indispensable “cognitive, physical, emotional and social benefits” that recess delivers to children.
I ran across a dear friend, an English teacher, who was in the midst of a week-long “Curriculum Camp” where he and his English colleagues were reading books and discussing how to teach them and how to integrate their instruction with the learning these teachers know students will do in other classes.