The kids had left.
The hallways were empty.
I walked alone.
I felt happy.
And I stopped.
I looked around and behind myself.
No one saw me.
So I did it again.
And then I stopped.
I walked back to my room.
A smile on my face.
Confession: Teachers skip in the hallways when students aren’t there. We also yell, wave our arms and jump. Teachers even dance in the hallways when school is out. Oh you knew it all along!
But I think skipping in particular is totally undervalued as a form of exercise. I also believe that sometimes our bodies propel us into moments of physical joy like me skipping at school yesterday. I let kids move around when they are in line in the hallways (well, we also don’t have recess, but that’s another story). They can move a little while I still maintain order.
When I do see the (rare) kids skipping in the hallway, it just makes me smile. I love to skip and I think kids need to be skipping WAY more than they currently do.
So for fun I proclaim the Friday May 28th: National Skipping Day for children and adults.
1) Skipping is free
2) Skipping is fun
3) Skipping is a form of physical exercise
4) Skipping makes you feel good
5) Skipping releases pent-up energy
Skipping is something you shouldn’t forget how to do. So I challenge children and adults to skip on Friday just once, twice, or even around the block if you are able to physically. Let’s enjoy ourselves one hopping step at a time!