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The stress of recess: Here’s how schools are improving playtime

May 28, 2024

Via: K-12 Dive

Playing at school, it turns out, is not as simple as it sounds.

Many children today are uncertain of what to play or how to initiate and end games. Conflicts arise about rules and who are the winners. The pandemic, educators say, stunted young children’s natural play development.

As a result, educators, pediatricians and play advocates are encouraging schools to be more mindful and intentional about positive student-led play experiences at schools. They cite academic, physical, social and emotional benefits for kids when there is dedicated time for healthy, inclusive and safe play.

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