Recently, in the middle of a day I remembered recess.
I didn’t just remember I had once been a kid that looked forward to recess to get out the classroom. No, I had one of those flashbacks that are so vivid you almost have to wake up from it. I remembered the way that running wildly with your friends felt to my legs, the sound of my best friends’ giggle in 3rd grade, going over to talk to the new kid in class, the sound of the whistle letting you know there was only 5 minutes left, the coolness of the sweat when you came back into the air conditioned classroom.
On this particular day, I had been my typical overambitious, unrealistic self and I had stuffed so many appointments, tasks, calls and errands into the day. I took a moment to assess the situation to try and discern where I could fit in grabbing a bite to eat or even a coffee to tide me over. It was in this moment that I remembered recess.
Looking back, recess was an incredibly important part of our days when we were children. I took a moment to google the importance of recess in the education system and was astonished to find so much research supporting why it is a crucial part of a child’s development.
Why did recess stop?
I’m making it my personal mission to resurrect recess. I like it. I need it. We all could use a little more of it.
Melissa Laughon ><((“>
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Melissa is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management consulting firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.catchyourlimit.com.