It has been said the three best things about being a school teacher are June, July and August. Some days I couldn’t agree more. And since the end of school is less than two months away I am counting the days.
If you are employed in a small private school you sometimes have to do more than just teach. Two of my week days are spent in the classroom teaching children the joys of music. The other three are spent keeping them from killing each other on the playground during recess. Not the best assignment of my career, but if it means having a full-time job I will happily put that whistle around my neck.
The 4th, 5th and 6th graders love to play a game I call the, “Kill the Person on the top of the climbing structure” game. A few kids stand on the top of the “mountain” where they are pelted with balls of every shape and size by the kids on the ground below. If I wasn’t in charge I would probably enjoy watching the mayhem and maybe even participate.
Not being a mom, I think I let them get away with things that would make someone with a stronger maternal instinct shudder. Some women have said to me, “Should you let them do that?” And I reply with, “Oh, is that not safe? It looks fun.” Or if a kid comes up to me crying, saying, “He hit me with the ball,” I have absolutely no sympathy for them. A more sensitive woman would comfort the child and put a stop to the game. Not me. I mean, if the point of the game is to hit people with the ball, and you don’t want to get hit by a ball, THEN DON’T PLAY THAT GAME.
Teaching isn’t the only profession that deserves three months off, but as far as I know it’s the only one that does. So I’m sticking with teaching, even if if means recess duty. Come on Summer…
Question: What are some of your fun recess memories?