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Making Indoor Recess Count

By
Meredith Laden,   Quarry Hill El Sch
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Physical Activity Participation
Making Indoor Recess Count

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.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Working with the physical education teacher and getting the PTO involved is pivotal in making sure this Play stays an active one throughout this school year and in the future.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Finding available space and supervision for kids to enjoy physical activities while still allowing those students who would prefer regular recess to remain in their rooms. Our phys ed teacher has made himself AND the gym available.