Vol. 123 No. 2, pp. 431-436
Published online January 26, 2009
By Romina M. Barros, MD, Ellen J. Silver, PhD, Ruth E. K. Stein, MD
Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Rose F. Kennedy Center, Bronx, New York
OBJECTIVES. This study examines the amount of recess that children 8 to 9 years of age receive in the United States and compares the group classroom behavior of children receiving daily recess with that of children not receiving daily recess.
By Jane Ching Fung
August 25, 2010
"What is 'Choice Time?,'" she demanded. "Students don’t have time to play."
My heart sank when I heard these words coming from the mouth of a district administrator. Everyone on our kindergarten team had included "Choice" minutes in her daily schedule. Choice was a time for students to engage in centers and activities that were not teacher directed, assigned, or graded but intentionally designed to be open-ended, student driven, and to promote unstructured interactions among the children.
Dare I say that "Choice" was time set aside for our young students to play?