I’m going to make like recess today. I’ve been thinking about that for a few weeks now. I’m on supervision duty (due to the labour dispute) at Frost Road Elementary three times a day, morning and the double recess. Each day I watch the students run out the doors of the classroom to the playground. Did I say run? Actually, they seem to run, skip, scream, laugh, and throw themselves out the door with an unbridled abandon. Their faces are alight with joy. So much so, I want to take it with me. Yes, I want to take recess with me.
So, I decided I need to make like recess too. I wondered if I could think about that in the way I approach my work. Most of the time I love my job. I love learning. I love working with teachers. I actually like working on systems. I love making an impact. And make no mistake I love innovation. I like to dance on the edge and see how we can do it differently. I like to break down stereotypes of practice. I like to connect others to their passion. I like to help support teachers to do what they do best—teach, and teach well.
There are some days that I do not like the work I do. Those are the days when the workload seems crushing, when I haven’t had time to breathe, when I am wrestling a conceptual idea in my head that I cannot resolve or when there is little time to connect personally with those in my department. It is on those days that I need to remind myself to make like recess. Finding the joy in the moment.
So this week I am going to make like recess. I am going to practice recess each and every day. How about you?