What are we doing out there?

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Maybe you saw us this morning, around 8:30-8:45, bunched in a tight circle on the front lawn, when suddenly, everyone broke off and starting wandering around the lawn until someone, and it was always someone random, but someone froze, and everyone else, as they noticed, they froze too, until someone, usually Max, was the last person to notice that everyone froze.

Or maybe you saw us running around in a big circle, chasing each other in a weird game of tag where everyone was it but where you could only chase people in front of you in the circle.

Or maybe you saw us standing in another big circle with someone in the middle, and then, suddenly two people dashed across the circle to switch spots and the person in the middle raced to fill one of their spots before the others could get there, sometimes making it, but usually not.

Or maybe you saw us on some other day, maybe a couple of weeks ago, doing something equally strange on the front lawn, and you asked yourself, “What the heck are they doing out there?”

And the answer is, “It’s a pick me up!”

Each morning, we try to play some kind of ridiculous and physically active game to wake the students up and get them ready for the day. Because we were stuck playing indoor games all winter (which meant playing hang-man, or watching inspiring videos, or playing some version of musical chairs), you missed out on how fun our mornings can be, but now that Spring has (finally!) arrived, we’ll be outside almost every morning around 8:30, playing some weird version of tag or practicing our silly walks or racing like crabs or doing something equally inane.

And if you do see us and you’ve got about 15 minutes to kill, we officially invite you to join in. Because it doesn’t matter if you’re in school or if you’re on your way to the office or if you’re stopping by the cafe across the street for your morning coffee, everybody — and we mean everybody — can use a good pick me up to start their day.

Author: Kyle Callahan

Hi, I'm Kyle. I'm an advisor at LiHigh School. I've been involved in progressive education since I was in high school. I was an original member (and student representative) of the Progressive Program at Green Mountain College, and for my Master's degree, I attended Goddard College, which started the trend toward progressive education in the 1960s. Along with teaching at LiHigh School, I teach courses in creative writing and communications at Green Mountain College. I live with my wife and daughter in Poultney.

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