Finnish primary students benefit from receiving 15 minutes of recess time for every 45 minutes of classroom instruction.
A key opportunity in education involves understanding the connection between the brain’s response to external stimuli and academic performance—and implementing research-driven teaching methods based on knowledge of these pathways
Traditional pedagogical techniques do not take into account lessons from neuroscience, such as the positive effects of free play on learning and the negative impact of specific stressors on our ability to retain information. This lack of focus on brain science limits teaching innovations and student potential, especially in underserved communities.
If we incorporate lessons from brain science into teaching methods, then all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be more likely to achieve academic success.
In Finland, primary students receive 15 minutes of play after every 45 minutes of learning. Teachers report that students who get free-play time pay more attention during instructional periods, demonstrate greater retention of lessons learned, and exhibit better classroom behavior than if they did not have this amount of recess time.