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More Time for Play

Andrea Cunningham,   Hurricane Middle School
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership

We were able to increase our outside recess time this fall by adding an additional 10 minutes to our previous 15 minutes, allowing us a total of 25 minutes for recess (outdoor play).

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

When the weather doesn't permit outdoor play, we chose to do in-class physical activity breaks.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Teachers on duty volunteered to switch their duty assignment location in order to offer more time for the kids to have outdoor play at recess. The students created the in-class activity break ideas.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students are more focused and their "extra" energy was released, allowing them to be more calm and receptive to their education.