I said the magic words today in class…the ones that make students’ faces light up and cause smiles to emerge. “Let’s go outside!”
It was a beautiful day today, temperatures in the 70s and partly cloudy. Why keep these kids inside all day wishing they could just get a moment or two outside? It is not that the activity we were doing couldn’t be done inside – of course it could. But the beauty lies within this question…could we go outside for that? Could we take advantage of the nice weather before yet another harsh Chicago winter bears down on us? One of my goals for this year is to move my kids outside the walls of our classroom more often. We can not only go outside, but use the other spaces within the school to provide a change of pace and setting.
Too many of our students go through the monotonous motions of their day – every day. A simple act like moving our class to a different locale will make today memorable. It takes an activity that might be easily forgotten and turns it into a shared experience of something different and fun.
Here they are outside!