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How Recess Plays Into Student Learning

Two children play with building blocks during indoor recess time.

The Indiana Department of Education has a list of tasks and lessons teachers must fit into their students’ days, such as a 90 minute period of uninterrupted reading instruction each day for students in kindergarten through third grade. But many of those requirements are inching out time for recess—something researchers say is a key component in children’s academic, social and physical well-being.

This week on Noon Edition, we will talk with school principals and education researchers to see just how important recess is for children and how instructors are finding ways to fit everything into the day.

Check out a study on recess released in May from Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University.

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Abbie Oliver, Principal, Sprunica Elementary School

Donetta Cothran, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Kinesiology Department, Indiana University

Mary McMullen, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Associate Chair, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education, Indiana University

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