Ostensibly, we're out there to make sure kids are safe and play fair. They kick balls, toss balls, jump rope, twirl hula hoops, seriously swing, eagerly climb, and run as if they had been caged for hours in what many would say is an important 20 minutes of their day.
I do not like recess duty one bit when the kids are stuck inside on cold winter days. There are too many disagreements to settle and too mnay halls to walk. I really shouldn't admit it, but I sort of like recess duty on those nice warm sunshiny days when everyone plays nice and no one gets hurt!
I really like recess duty on warm spring days when the sun shining through the magnificently blooming trees mixes with the lush green grass of spring. It's a sort of magical setting that contributes to mind-wandering and day-dreaming so strong that you are a little sad when the whistle blows!
I could have stayed outside for hours; however, as the whistle sounded, my reverie was interrupted and we returned inside - all of us - a bit happier, healthier, rosier, peppier and better for what some might call a "duty" but is more like a "benefit."
PS Please note, if you happen to be an administrator finding my blog by some chance and thinking that all teachers need to have more duties, duties, take away lunch and planning moments. Indeed, I am a bit hungrier on afternoons when duty interferes with my lunch; however, on days like the one above, I really do see the benefit to "being" with nature and watching the future blossom!