For many school districts, it’s one week in the bag.
An important part of any school day is recess. It’s a chance for students to get outside and burn off a little energy and a chance for teachers to recharge a bit. This year, it’s going to be different.
Of course, at secondary schools, recess isn’t really a thing. There is an opportunity to change classes with every period change which enables social meeting among friends.
In elementary schools, unless it’s raining, all the students in the school and those teachers who are tagged to supervise head out the doors in a mad rush.
This year, to date, it’s all different.
Secondary schools have adopted modified schedules everywhere that minimize contacts among students. At least, of course, during the school day. I happened to be in Windsor yesterday and there was a mob of students out walking through a shopping centre.
Elementary schools have adopted changes as well. The importance of recess hasn’t been ignored – it’s just different. You hear of different strategies – staggering recess, assigning areas of the playground for different groups of students, no playground equipment or sharing of gaming equipment, etc.
Ironically, those who are home schooling are free to go outside and play with whatever might be available in their yards!
My memories of elementary school recess certainly have no place in today’s reality. The only rule that we had was that we had to stay on the school property. After that, we played games, wrestled, ran, slid down the hill in the school, and so much more. The only temporary rule would come after a huge rain where we were cautioned that we had to stay on the blacktop. I don’t think I’d ever heard the term tarmac back then.
There are no leading questions here this week – just a request to describe what recess or breaks look like in your educational reality. You may have a great implementation of recess that may be inspirational for others.
Please share in the comments below.