When the weather outside is frightful recess on the playground may not be delightful. Just ask any playground supervisor. Outdoor recess however, is a reality and daily decisions about “how cold is too cold” is something site principals, teachers and day care directors will be making during the winter months. Snow, wind and icy conditions make deciding when to let kids go out and play a difficult decision.
It has happened more than once in my 25 years teaching. A classroom teacher walks into the gym and says, “Hey, can you have them just run around a bunch and let them burn off some energy?” Or another classic, “It must be nice just to run recess all day.” If you have taught elementary physical education long enough, you have heard those lines and probably many more. However, as physical education teachers, we know that our classes are much more than “just running around.”