Wowie Wow Wow! Your comments were so interesting to read about My Great Recess Duty Debacle! I have decided that I am thankful for my 45 minute lunch but very very very sad that I do not have Specials. And I know about Specials because my niece and nephews live in Texas and they go to Specials. And my old teaching partner moved to Missouri (and taught for a couple of years there) and her kids went to Specials. And I have seen your Schedule Cards out in Blogland. I know that Specials are P.E., Music, Art, and a combination of Computer/Library/Something time. And all I can say is that I must be SUPER SPECIAL because you’re LOOKING at the P.E. teacher, Music teacher, Art Teacher, Computer Teacher, ETC, ETC, ETC. 🙂 I am a jack of all trades.
I feel that I need to clear a couple of things up AND ask a couple of questions.
For all of you poor, poor, poor teachers who ALWAYS have recess duty with their kids because, and I quote, “if your kids are at recess, so are you” —- my question is when do you go to the bathroom?? I mean, really!!! And my other question is —- how do you eat lunch in 20 minutes?? I spend 20 minutes waiting for the microwave on some days! And THEN my Lean Cuisine takes about 3 minutes . . . and then it’s usually too hot and I have to let it cool down. And I always have to talk to people! 20 minutes is just NOT enough to discuss The Bachelor Pad, The Housewives, Big Brother, this kid, that kid, Language Arts, the list goes on!
Okay, a couple of explanations:
I don’t need recess duty for fresh air. The longest I am in my classroom is 1 hour and 45 minutes. To get ANYWHERE, I have to go outside. See the fresh air???? It’s everywhere!
This picture is taken from the doorway of my classroom. That’s my view. In order to go to the office, the bathroom, the library, the cafeteria, the computer lab, etc, etc, etc, we go OUTSIDE. LOVE. Here’s another shot:
Last winter, those mountains had snow on them. 🙂 The big building across from me is the Kinder wing and the little building to the right of it is the rest of first grade.
So we do not have hallways like so many of you do – with cute bulletin boards. But I am okay with that. Every once in awhile, I am super jealous of Hallway People. But that’s mostly when it’s raining. UGH. It is not a good day when it is raining. I never get IN the building. Just because I left my car and made it to my classroom does not mean I’m out of the rain. I’m back in it every time I have to go to the office or the bathroom. And try taking 31 first graders with you to the cafeteria in the rain. JOY. The umbrellas and
galoshes flip flops are too cute!
Here’s the front view of the first grade building:
My classroom is the one all the way to the right by the stairs. Oh, those stairs! Just love them. The kids fall down them and I inevitably fall UP them once or twice a year.
And then, for extra good measure, and to prove that I don’t need recess duty in order to get fresh air, here is a pic of the blacktop that is NOT the playground but will TAKE you to the playground. Follow the
yellow brick road blacktop ALL THE WAY DOWN THERE. And then you’ll arrive on the playground.
Can you see the fence down there? Once you get BEYOND that, you’re on the playground. I tried to take this picture standing by my door but I couldn’t even SEE the fence. So I went down the stairs and tried again. Nope. So I had to walk across the sidewalk and stand on the yellow line (the line that parents are not supposed to cross in the mornings) and THEN I could kind of see the fence that marks the playground.
Here is a zoomed shot:
I’m still standing in the same place but I zoomed.
Here’s my point. I walk all the way down there to pick up the kids in the morning. And then we go back and forth like that for morning recess, lunch, and afternoon recess. One of you commented about how you combined your two 15 minute recesses into one 30 minute recess because of the wasted instructional minutes of transitioning. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
I really wanted to take a pic of the playground but the gate was locked. I didn’t take my keys all the way down there with me and I wasn’t going to walk it all over again. Surely you understand. 🙂 And to answer another question, we only have one GIGANTIC playground. I will try to take a pic of it soon. It is HUMONGOUS. Grades 1-3 go out together and then grades 4-6. Don’t even get me started on the grass part of it. Let’s just say . . . well, it . . . there is no fence around it. Yes, you read that right. Our kids play on the grass which is surrounded by two streets and there is no fence around it. I SAID – don’t get me started on it!
My upper grade friends (yes, I have friends in upper grade even though they are very mad at Primary as a whole) are sort of closer to the playground but they are light years away from the office. It’s a long way away!
So . . . nothing has been resolved with the duty schedule. It kind of got worse. Rumors swirled. The union was called. It is really just so
stupid complicated. Deep breath. Smell the soup. I have to go work on it AGAIN.
Enjoy your duties tomorrow, whatever they may be!