Finland: Frequent Recesses Keep Students Focused

14 Jul

In Finland “students get a recess every hour for 15 minutes. They spend 45 minutes in class, then run out to the playground for a 15-minute break.”

Diane Ravitch's blog

When American teacher Tim Walker got a job as a teacher in Finland, he learned a lot about its successful schools. For one thing, students get a recess every hour for 15 minutes. They spend 45 minutes in class, then run out to the playground for a 15-minute break.

At first, he bought this was unnecessary so he gave two consecutive classes. He had some very grumpy students who did not understand why they lost their customary recess. Now he realizes that the frequent breaks make his students better focused.

Meanwhile, American policymakers want longer school days, and they don’t mind eliminating recess altogether. Curious contrast.

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