Back in 2011, I wrote this grumpy post, mostly about how much I hated and despised recess duty, and how I was trying to redeem it by writing haiku.
Things are a bit different this year. Of course, as with anything, my motives are mixed. If I do recess duty every day, I don't get assigned any other duties, potentially even more onerous. If I do recess duty every day, I don't forget it, because it becomes part of my routine. When I have a random week of it, I often will be late for duty on Monday (or, worst case, miss it entirely) because it just slips my mind. If I do it every day, I am in control of when my kids come to my class, because I alone blow the whistle at the end of the fifteen minutes and shepherd the students back indoors (we have no bells). I'm not waiting in my classroom wondering what's going on when someone else's watch isn't synchronized with mine. (Plus, it sounds as though we had some difficult students back in 2011. My post refers to kids throwing stones! I don't think we have anybody this year who would do that.)
But in addition to these rather mercenary reasons, I also wanted to do recess duty because it is a lot more pleasant to me now. For one thing, I have developed a love of birds, and recess duty gives me a few minutes to scan the trees and the sky for them. For another, I have a camera phone, and can take photos, something else I love to do. Also, the weather is glorious right now - I may regret this a lot more when it starts to warm up in a couple of months. In my fifteen minute recess, I get a little dose of Vitamin D, some serotonin, some fresh air, and some bright pictures. Plus, I have no homeroom this semester. Recess duty is an opportunity to talk to kids in a non-academic setting and find out a little about what's going on with them.
Remembering my recess duty haiku of the past, I decided to share a couple of my recess photos and write haiku based on them. I can't share the best of them - the ones with kids! - but here are some nature-y ones and the words they inspired.
Blue blue blue above
Sky stretching to forever
And back down to me.
Pink shouts in my eyes
Come out and pose for pictures!
You're heard but not seen.
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