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Indoor recess. Those two words used to make us cringe when we heard them on the PA system in our school. Because we live in a state where we can have indoor recess for rain, and extreme cold weather, it hasn’t been uncommon to have at least 10 indoor recess days during a typical school year.
Because of this, we realized the traditional idea of keeping our students in our own classrooms and letting them do whatever they wanted during indoor recess wasn’t working. Students would often be caught running around, throwing things, making paper airplanes, or displaying other non-constructive behavior.
A New Approach!
This year we tried something new and are loving it! We have three fifth grade classrooms and about 64 students. Every year, students complain that they couldn’t see their friends in other classrooms. So this year, we decided to make each of the three classrooms special rooms that our students could choose to visit during indoor recess.
The first room is the game room. This is where board games, card games, or other games that don’t involve running or throwing objects would take place.
The second room is the reading, drawing, coloring room. We have found that there are quite a few students that like to sit and read quietly, or draw and color with their friends.
The third room is the video room. We have a science, social studies, or reading video set up for the students to watch. They enjoy being able to sit in the dark and watch a program during recess.
We have one rule that each student must decide for each indoor recess: once a student chose a room to be in, they are not allowed to switch rooms.
Since we have implemented this for indoor recess, incidents have dramatically decreased and student enjoyment and teacher sanity has increased!