Thursday, February 17, 2011
You just have not been well-trained in fast and furious decision-making until you have had second grade lunch and recess duty.
These kids, this pack of wild animals, keep you on your toes constantly. You must be careful not to get sucked into the DRAMA of the playground. You keep your affect calm and you make decisions in a quick, consistent way.
I have worked in schools for about 12 years. I have dealt with lunch/recess duties a lot. I have been a parent now for almost three years, and that has lent a whole new perspective on things for me, even during my lunch duty. I see things, not just as an educator, but also as a parent.
Some of the things I have learned from second grade lunch/recess duty:
It is of no surprise to have at least one boy per year test the “yellow snow” theory in front of others, including girls.
Students who have cash to buy crappy snacks every day are envied by all the other children.
Your abilities in playing tag and running fast can determine your whole social ranking.
Arguing with the duty teacher never works. NEVER.
Never underestimate the power of stupidity in a large group of little people.
There were always be those children who spend their entire recess trained in observation, so that as soon as you turn your back, they do exactly what they are not supposed to do.
Second graders have no interest at recess in developing their social problem solving skills. They simply wish to accuse or deny.
Tattling must feel REALLY good because it is the number one past-time of second graders in an unstructured setting.
“Normal” people of the world, who do not work with children as their job, just do not realize all the skill sets that can be honed through something as simple as lunch duty.
There. Now I have shared some knowledge for you. In case you are a poor sucker like me who has to be prepared for second grade lunch duty every day.