Making Indoor Recess Count
- Meredith Laden, Quarry Hill El Sch
- Physical Activity Participation
Living in Pennsylvania, recess is unfortunately dependent on the weather. Icy, snowy, rainy, or just plain cold conditions often mean groaning students have to stay indoors, sometimes for weeks at a time. We've tried to maximize that time by getting the kids in the gym (on a rotating schedule) and keeping them moving! The kids love it (extra gym is a big deal in elementary school) and the teachers love it more (decreased behavioral problems in the afternoon, decreased arguments during recess). Fifth grade students are eager to act as assistant coaches when the younger grades have FUTP 60 indoor recess and the older grades are always full of suggestions for games/dance parties.