Student activity is an integral part of an elementary student’s day. It provides physical activity, social connections, and problem-solving situations for students. It is part of the foundation of social-emotional learning. And according to the standard 5 students I recently surveyed, Outside activity is the best part of their school day.

During this favorite time of day, students put aside academics for a moment and engage with one another. I’ve seen friendships blossom, games invented, and smiling faces enjoying the fresh air. I’ve also seen challenges and problems arise among students for various reasons. But that is a good thing. It is from these challenges and problems that students are able to problem-solve or work together to come to a resolution.