Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Inside Recess is Evil

Don't you love winter?  Long days of cold wetness with children stuck inside.  Days of energy multiplying and patience dwindling. I believe inside recess is an evil invention made to torture teachers.  #justsaying

I teach middle school now, so honestly my students don't really go to recess anymore.   However, the same thoughts apply.  Over the last week, the energy level and the chattiness has multiplied exponentially.  Just in time for my pre-algebra students to do their unit on exponents, too. Now, energy levels and chattiness always go up right before spring break, but days and days of cold and no sunshine make it worse.

I know there are all sorts of great ways to get your students up and moving this time of year.  Great ways to harness their energy. This is not that post. I have used those strategies.  Today I just feel like saying I prefer sunshine to helpful inside strategies.

Next week is Spring Break, and yet tonight in North Texas we are anticipating "wintry mix." We had spring in January and February and then winter showed up just in time for spring break.  Go away, Winter!  I want sunshine and vitamin D.  I am sure I might complain later when it is 105 in Dallas in July. I know I need to be grateful for all of the precipitation that is good for my foundation,  but I just don't feel grateful on the inside. Right now I want sunshine.

So that's it.  No words of wisdom or great ideas to share.  I just wanted to say I am ready for sun and flowers and spring.

I hope you are having a wonderful week, and that inside recess makes you feel rainbows and unicorns and sunshine and not tired and tortured and worn out.  I guess that is why we have spring break.  Not for the kids...for the teachers.

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