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Why Kids Should Be Playing Outside During Recess | Education | HuffPost.com

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Not all recesses were created equally.

 

According to a new study out of Washington University in St. Louis, urban public school children get more exercise when given the opportunity to play outside during recess, as opposed to having to play indoors in a school gym or classroom.

 

The study compared how much exercise 106 St. Louis students in second grade through fifth grade got when they had outdoor recess, indoor recess in a gym and indoor recess in a classroom.

 

The results showed that students took the most steps and attained the highest heart rate when they played outside; they got the least exercise when they played inside of a classroom. For example, when playing outside during recess, boys took 1,281 steps, as compared to the 378 steps they took during indoor recess in a classroom.

 

The children in the study only had physical education several times a week, so on some days, recess was their only opportunity to exercise, study co-author Susan B. Racette told The Huffington Post over the phone.

 

“In Missouri we have daily recess, but it might be inside in the gym, or if gym isn’t available, in the classroom,” Racette said. "We wanted to quantify how much activity the students are actually getting.”

 

Racette told HuffPost that she thinks the study proves that schools need to come up with viable ways for children to get exercise if outdoor recess is not possible.

 

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Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science. It’s Harder ~ Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science. It’s Harder ~ Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice | SomethingToThinkAbout | Scoop.it

by Ryan Fuller

 

"Because I’ve worked as an aerospace engineer and later as a teacher through Teach for America—this is my second year of teaching 11th grade math and robotics at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs—I find the public perception of both careers to be fascinating. When I tell people that I worked on the design of a NASA spacecraft, their mouths drop and their eyes pop, and their minds are no doubt filled with images of men in white lab coats running between rocket engines and blackboards filled with equations of untold complexity. Most people will give aerospace engineers tremendous respect, without having any idea what they actually do.

 

"But no one can fully understand how difficult teaching in America’s highest-need communities is until he or she personally experiences it. When I solved engineering problems, I had to use my brain. When I solve teaching problems, I use my entire being—everything I have. A typical engineering task involves sending an email to a colleague about a potential design solution. A typical teacher task involves explaining for the fourth time how to get the variable out of the exponent while two students put their heads down, three students start texting, two girls in the back start talking, and one student provokes another from across the classroom."


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Why Kids Should Be Playing Outside During Recess | Education | HuffPost.com

Why Kids Should Be Playing Outside During Recess | Education | HuffPost.com | SomethingToThinkAbout | Scoop.it

Not all recesses were created equally.

 

According to a new study out of Washington University in St. Louis, urban public school children get more exercise when given the opportunity to play outside during recess, as opposed to having to play indoors in a school gym or classroom.

 

The study compared how much exercise 106 St. Louis students in second grade through fifth grade got when they had outdoor recess, indoor recess in a gym and indoor recess in a classroom.

 

The results showed that students took the most steps and attained the highest heart rate when they played outside; they got the least exercise when they played inside of a classroom. For example, when playing outside during recess, boys took 1,281 steps, as compared to the 378 steps they took during indoor recess in a classroom.

 

The children in the study only had physical education several times a week, so on some days, recess was their only opportunity to exercise, study co-author Susan B. Racette told The Huffington Post over the phone.

 

“In Missouri we have daily recess, but it might be inside in the gym, or if gym isn’t available, in the classroom,” Racette said. "We wanted to quantify how much activity the students are actually getting.”

 

Racette told HuffPost that she thinks the study proves that schools need to come up with viable ways for children to get exercise if outdoor recess is not possible.

 

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Should Coding Replace Cursive Writing?

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In the time it takes to teach the average second- or third-grade student how to write in cursive, they could learn the building blocks of coding — drag and drop, cause and effect programs — that would better prepare them for the...


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