This week, I spontaneously chose 3 opportunities to "play" with my students:
- While on recess duty, I played four square with students. It was fun to hear their delight in exclaiming to peers, "Hey! Mrs. Young is actually good!" and "I got her out!"
- During P.E. when I was there to help supervise with the P.E. teacher, I actually participated on a team in a fun relay game. Once again, not only my class, especially the boys, but also the 5th grade class were a bit surprised to see that I could throw! They came back to class, "all smiles" and not as competitively driven as usual.
- During math rotations, instead of "teaching" one of the groups, I "taught" by playing a card game that involved simplifying fractions and comparing them to decimals/percents. This game was a challenge for most students, but the added fun of playing with "the teacher" seemed to make the experience more exciting for them.
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