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Carthage School Adds Second Recess with Positive Results

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CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -

School is all about learning and teachers are tasked with getting students of all ages prepared for state tests.


 Time is often tight but despite that Columbian elementary in Carthage is giving kids a second recess every day.

Students will admit life before a second recess wasnt easy. Second grader Katia Hinojoza told us, "A little stressed and I had to do a lotta more work."
Ninety  minutes of learning before moving  can feel like a long time to little kids. If you look closely in any classroom, pent up energy is obvious with swinging legs and kids bouncing on chairs that look like giant rubber balls. Attention can be a classroom management problem.
Second grade teacher Terri Fischer explained there were,  "Lots of jitters, lots of up and down,  rolling on the floor and just not being able to focus."

 

A second recess offers relief. Kids scream and squeal running, sliding, climbing and screaming and socializing.

Second grader Natalie Friely said, "Its fun cause I get to play with my friends."
Classmate James Cordoba added,  "We usually talk a lot."
And another second grader Wyatt Cline announced, "I get lots of energy outside playing at recess."

But now at Columbian elementary the break from books comes twice a day. It's part of a pilot program.
Principal Bryan Shallengburger said, "After looking at some of our data showing students are struggling  in different areas. One of the things we've noticed is our kids are a lot more sedentary than they used to be."

With the rigor of education increasing, some schools would want more time on task. But more time outside is not proving detrimental to learning. In fact, the opposite is true here.
Fischer explained there
s,  "A lot less socializing and more academic talk."

Even the kids can tell, in their own way.

Wyatt exclaimed,  "I feel great and ready to do my work!"
James said,  "I feel more awake."
And Natalie said,  "It helps me just remember everything."
While Katia added, "We can rest our brains when were outside, then when we come back we just rest a little in there and our minds get ready to learn."


Teachers say it
s not just about getting out energy but letting the kids demonstrate and learn social skills on the playground.
Fischer said, "We didn't have the behaviors both major and minor behaviors, the tattling in the classroom. It was all happening  at recess. We can handle it,  teach them life skills about solving problems."

While not forgetting that they're still kids. Principal Shallenburger said, "We believe that as a school we're here to raise people not just test points."

The principal believes the pilot program's success warrants continuing it.
          He will then share data with other elementary schools in the district. 

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