Today I went paint balling with the ESCM students. I reluctantly agreed to accompany the group and I only went because the school needed a female teacher to attend. So this morning I packed my computer because I expected to have a few hours to sit and work a few tech tasks. However, as I arrived at the school I was greeted by 10 students asking “Mme are you going to paint ball too?” As I looked into their faces I quickly realized that they really wanted me to play. So I swallowed my fear and agreed to play. It was a great afternoon (minus the fat lip!) and I really enjoyed the time I spent with these kids. A few of them said that when the teachers play, it makes the day more fun, when else can they attack a teacher and not get into trouble.
As I sit here tonight replaying the events of the day, I know that I have helped build stronger relationships with these kids.
Even though you find yourself buried under mountains of work, take the time to play with your students, the time will pay back in dividends and it will help you refocus on the reasons why you became a teacher.
I would like to thank the staff at Prairie Storm Paintball, Moose Jaw for a great afternoon.