When children misbehave in class, it might seem like a natural consequence to have them lose recess. But we know from the research that recess actually helps kids learn. And keeping kids inside may mean that the teacher has to lose valuable planning time. Plus, they don’t learn much from the consequence. So what about having kids clean the playground before they can go to recess as a consequence? That way they give back to the school community and still get the chance to move and get more blood flowing to their brains. Or, better yet, maybe give a child who has difficulty sitting still a break before he becomes disruptive so he doesn’t have to lose recess. Check out our infographic for 8 alternatives to taking away recess.
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