It’s Not About You!

It’s not about you, it’s about the children in your care. I don’ t know how many times I have heard a teacher say, “I don’t want to go outside, it’s too cold/hot out there. Students need to develop their gross motor skills, and when a teacher keeps them indoors because they don’t want to go outside that day, they are preventing their development.

Each class should have a temperature chart posted in their classrooms. The chart tells the teacher when it is too cold or hot for the students to go outside. The teacher can also get news updates when the weather is not safe for students that might have medical conditions.

When weather conditions are unsafe for students, that is the only time students should not go outside. Otherwise, students should be allowed to get their outside time daily.

There were many times in my career as a teacher that I didn’t want to go outside. I was tired and didn’t want to stand up for an hour. But I knew my students were looking forward to their outside time, so I went out anyway. Instead of standing around, I started playing tag with the students and forgot all about how tired I was. Before I knew it, it was time to go inside. I got some exercise, and my students had a wonderful time. Plus, it allowed me to build a relationship with them.

Keep in mind that being a teacher is about the students, not about you.

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  1. I absolutely agree with this post! It is not about us, it is about the children; if you think about it though not only are your students benefiting from getting their outdoor time, you so as well! Cabin fever is a very real thing and our students have so much energy that needs to be released on a daily basis! There are days when the playground is drenched and taking them out there is not in their best interest; on those days, we grab our walking rope and take in the fresh air by walking through the surrounding neighborhood and play “I spy” along the way. I have also set up colored cones at the far end of the parking lot where the children are not in danger of vehicles coming in and we take out balls, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, magnifying glasses and musical instruments. What better place to have a parade with those musical instruments then outdoors! I find a day of inclement weather that prevents us from going outside makes for a very long day! The other teachers in my building take their children outdoors at their designated playground time only. I open the building at 6:30 am, at 8:00 am I take the children in my class that have arrived out to the playground to play and await the arrival of their peers until 9:00 (our cut off time). That extra hour added to our outdoor time does wonders for our circle time after breakfast….the children are ready to sit!

    1. Thank you for your reply, I like those ideas, sounds like you put a lot of thought into their outside time. I agree, with the morning outside time. I didn’t do it every day, but on those days when we had special events and they were excited, one teacher would take them outside, and you are right, it did wonders for circle time.

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