Friday, January 30, 2009

Recess improves behavior, says study

We've all got anecdotes and reasons to support the idea that a period of energetic physical activity makes it easier for students to settle down to work. Research published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics has just added formal scientific support, concluding that:
"among 8- to 9-year-old children, having ≥1 daily recess period of >15 minutes in length was associated with better teacher's rating of class behavior scores. This study suggests that schoolchildren in this age group should be provided with daily recess."
The official summary is here, with a link to the full report included. (Hat tip: PEN NewsBlast)

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