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Second Annual Voice of Play Survey
Teachers Agree that Recess is Very Important


Results from the latest survey on playtime for elementary school children are in. Five hundred teachers from around the nation were surveyed, and about half of them stated that their students have an unstructured, outdoor recess that takes place on a playground.

Data from the latest survey by Wakefield Research on behalf of the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association, reveals that 100% of the 500 U.S. elementary school teachers surveyed agree that recess is essential for young students' mental and physical development.

The survey also found that 97% of the elementary school teachers that were gauged said that recess improves behavior in students who normally behave rudely during class. According to the survey, the average amount of time for recess across the country for elementary schools is 25 minutes and about 89% of schools supervise their students during this time.

Tom Norquist, president of the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association, stated, "Play shouldn't be seen as extracurricular or a form of punishment, or even optional, but rather a right for every child. Play is essential to a child's development, so it's exciting to see teachers that are aligned with the National Institute for Play's scientific evidence of the developmental benefits of a playful recess."

Recess isn't always for the student either because 64% of teachers agreed that recess was a beneficial time for them. It allowed them to take a break, collect their thoughts and recharge. Thirty-eight percent of them even stated they used recess time to plan the rest of the day, while 26% of teachers said they actually exercise and play during recess times as well.

Bullying has always been an issue, and as it relates to recess, teachers agree that play time can help curb this problem. Sixty seven percent of teachers surveyed have observed bullying among their students, and 64% of them agree that recess reduces the severity of the issue.

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August 23, 2019, 1:37 pm PDT

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