This March I’m “slicing” a piece of my teaching day every day.
Recess is the reason many kids love school. It’s time to be with friends. Time to play, run, talk, bounce a ball, share snacks.
But there are those kids who don’t love recess.
They ask, can I help you? In the office. The kindergarten. These kiddos may enjoy helping the adults or small children, but more often than not, they’re seeking refuge from recess. They aren’t comfortable. And it happens for many reasons.
Best friend drama. Hurt feelings. Exclusionary moments. Competitive instincts gone wild. This happens at recess. These issues come off the playground into the classroom. Some walk in and hunker down in their seats. Some ask to speak with me privately. Some say they feel sick and ask to call home. All of these strategies are ways of coping.
These human dramas are a part of growing up. And as their teacher, I try to help. To counsel. To guide. This is the work. Our children need so much more than what we plan.
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers for the Slice of Life March Challenge. Read more slices here.