There’s a high school boys’ basketball tournament occupying all of our gym spaces today so elementary PE classes are mostly watching games or going outside for a brief spell of tagging games. Some observations:
We had the same situation yesterday and there’s an excitement about the break in schedule and the intensity of the games that lights up kids’ faces and fills their minds with all kinds of questions.
On the 2nd day of action a bit of the novelty has worn off and some students are a little put out. “What? This was our PE class?”
Being a spectator means that kids get some social time that they would otherwise wouldn’t have. I see one 5th grade girl nearly stretched out across the laps of 3 or 4 other girls. I notice 2 second grade girls one of whom is a recent arrival with no English and a deep shyness, have become friends. They poke each other, touch fingers and giggle, sitting side by side, glad to have found each other.
Not to be outdone by the kids, my team colleague and I have chatted more in the last couple of days than most of the last month. There’s sense of all-in-the-same-boat camaraderie as we decide on our move for each group. Straight into the stands or outside for a bit?
Not a normal day at school. Partly exciting, partly silly, partly boring. Still tiring but in a different way.