The sun is shining, the temperature is above 30 degrees. It´s spring, right?? Wrong. Today I had recess duty. In our school, teachers are responsible for going outside for recess duty twice a week. The other 3 days are spent collaborating with specialists like our enrichment teacher, technology coordinator, and EL teacher. It is so great to have the opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues during the school day. So often we find ourselves hunting people down from 3:00-3:30 as soon as the students have hopped on a bus. That isn´t always convenient for everyone. Especially teachers with small children in daycare, like me! Having the chance to collaborate is so beneficial.
Going out for recess supervision has its benefits, too. When the weather is nice, it is so helpful and refreshing to get a change of scenery and step out in the fresh air. Feeling the sunshine on your face is enough to get you through a long afternoon.
It also is nice to build relationships with past and current students. I love seeing some of my kids from last year. I check in on how they are liking Second grade, ask what books they are reading, and ask about siblings and how their family is doing. My current students know the days of the week I will be outside by heart, and they remind me before lunch that they will see me outside.
Today was my day…this weekend´s weather didn´t seem too bad. I grabbed my light jacket as a last minute decision, but I grabbed my super heavy, soft scarf as I ran out the door this morning. I was regretting my choices, minus the awesome scarf I grabbed, as soon as the air hit my face today at 11:40 am. It was cold! We only supervise recess for 20 minutes. At one point, I looked at my watch thinking the whistle had to be ready to blow any minute now. It was 11:48am. I had been outside for only 8 minutes, with 12 to go.
The most shocking part of this short 20 minute recess supervision, was that there were children outside with jackets half off, or unzipped-having a blast. They were not shifting from side to side willing the whistle to blow signaling the end of recess. I guess kids love recess, regardless of the temps! I am looking forward to recess when I do not even need to bring a jacket with me, but in the meantime…I´ll stick with my warmest scarf, and my winter coat next time!