Friday, March 17, 2017

Outdoor Recess (SOL17 #17)

"Is it indoor or outdoor recess today?" 

"Outdoor," I replied, feeling grateful for not having to cover indoor recess. 

"Do I have to go outside? Can I just do my homework inside instead?" 

Truly, I would give ANYTHING for this student to be better about completing his homework, but today, I knew it wasn't about the homework. It was about the colder temperatures outside. 

"Nope. You're going out to recess today! Sorry, you'll just have to do your homework at home." 

I heard a couple of groans, and some muttering but in my mind that was the end of the discussion. 

Math was over and my co-teacher then began to transition the class into our next activity, the read aloud. As the students returned to their seats my co-teacher began to give out directions. "Take out your iPads and open up your notes on Notability. If I see anyone trying to finish up their math during our read aloud, you will stay inside with me during recess." 

His eyes light up. You could almost see the cartoon light bulb illuminate above his head. I heard the direction and immediately made eye contact with my recess avoiding student. I pointed at him and said, "Don't even try it." 

He laughed, knowing full well he was busted before he even had a chance to work around the system. 

Ah, fifth graders! I wouldn't trade it for anything! 


  1. Smart kid! Don't you love it when you say something that would normally make sense, but you realize there's a kid that will immediately pounce on it!

  2. Haha! Some days it seems like no matter what we say, there will be a kid who finds a way around it...

  3. these moments are the best!!! Love it!