Free Choice Outside Learning Time. By: The Alliance Recess Task Force. What is free choice outside learning time?. Free choice outside learning time (FCOLT) is a defined period during the day where children can participate with others or independently in activities of their choice. .
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By: The Alliance Recess Task Force
When children are given an opportunity to play together, they figure out ways to handle differences. Children are increasingly looking for an adult to settle disputes.Their sense of independence is being lost in the heavily structured world of childhood (Johnson).
The Council for Physical Education and Children recommends that both P.E. and recess be a part of every school day with recess providing unstructured play time where children, “…have choices, develop rules for play… and practice or use skills developed in physical education.”
Grade levels of teachers participating in survey….
16%What is developmentally appropriate for the children?
They already have structured P.E. Children need the opportunity to socialize and have the freedom to participate in whatever activity they please (whether it be the jungle gym, running, walking, or just socializing with their classmates). Children at this age are full of energy that they need to use outdoors or else they will use it in the classroom. Then the learning process will be interrupted. The children’s health is also at risk. The nation is facing a serious dilemma. We are educating an increasing number of overweight children. Not only does this affect their health but also their self-esteem. Kids need to feel better about themselves. There is a correlation between high self-esteem and high academic scores.
1st grade teacher
There is research based information that clearly states recess is needed for fine motor and brain development. Teaching With the Brain in Mind by Eric Jenson clearly states the research that is out there on how motor development and learning are interconnected. The brain needs oxygen to learn and help neurons make connections. When students sit in the classroom all day without a good amount of movement, oxygen is not feeding the brain and that stifles learning. Recess would help with feeding the brain oxygen and that will help maximize learning. Recess is so important to our growing students. With our growing problems of childhood diabetes, students need to be getting exercise. Many students don’t get to run and play outside due to video games. Parents are afraid of the dangers of letting their children play outside. Many other opportunities are lost for students to get the proper play time to grow and develop correctly. I feel it is up to schools to provide some time to help students.
1st grade teacher
If the district wants our students to gain in brain development so they can learn and help this district get higher test scores, then a recess time should be built into the curriculum schedule. In other counties, especially China and Japan, the children are given several recess breaks throughout the day. These are the countries that surpass American students in mathematics and other school subjects. Research proves how motor development effects the brain and learning. We should be the pioneers for recess for better students.
1st grade teacher