Anyone else dread Field Day?

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  1. 1stGradeRocks

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    We have our field day next week and I am absolutely dreading it. My group this year has major issues with self control, and I'm really stressed about field day. Anyone else hate field day? Any tips to get through the day?
     
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    Field Day is always my favorite day of the year. I love getting to see the kids having fun and enjoying each others company.

    One thing that I find helpful is setting the expectations well in advance, and letting them know that participation in Field Day is a privilege, not a right. I make sure they are fully aware that I consider their safety (and the safety of everybody else) to be far more important than them participating in Field Day, so the second they put themselves or others in danger, that's it, they're done, no second chances.
     
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    I liked field day!!! I had to be a sub for a couple years at field day!!! I always made sure while we waited for the next event we played games. We would do Simon says & things like that. I always reminded students that the needed to try their best, cheer on other classmates whether in our class or others & to congratulate others as well. Make sure you wear sunscreen!!!
     
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    ...and here if FL, it is soooo hot!
     
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    I hate field day, too.
     
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    I like field day when it's organized. When it's a fly by the seat of your pants kind of day, I haaaaaate it.
     
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    We have two amazing PE teachers who run a great field day. Cooperation, team spirit and sportsmanship are awarded.
     
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    We don't have a field day as such but we do have a day at the end of the Summer where lots of activities and trips are organised and the kids can choose what they want to do. However for all trips we have the condition that participation is dependent on the school record of the pupil and that the school can withhold or withdraw a place on a trip if the pupils behaviour poses a threat to their Health and safety or the H&S of others. So basically if a child has a record of disobedience then they don't get to go.
     
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    When I subbed I worked every single field day. Some years I'd work field day at different schools. Obviously you are not alone since I had to cover for teachers :)

    A key is to have some well-placed volunteers. Volunteers that you know and trust. Too late now, but it is a good idea to have a policy that only parents who are actively volunteering can come. Some of the biggest problems were with the spectator parents that cheered on their kids. They got in the way, they brought siblings that cried because they couldn't play, they "helped" their kids with the games (especially tug of war) and actually argued with the "officials" about points! They bugged the staff but really put a damper on things with the kids.

    But actual volunteers, that want the day to go well and aren't so concerned about getting the perfect picture of Suzy, are a Godsend. They can distribute cups of water, escort teams to stations, explain the rules, keep an eye out for stragglers, watch for those getting too much sun and more.
     
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    Field day is a day of outdoor games usually run by parent volunteers. Teachers walk around with their classes (or a team of students, if students are not divided by classes). Lunch is often outdoors, picnic-style. It's a long day out in the sun with excited kids. Sometimes there is a backup plan to hold it indoors if it rains.
     
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    I used to love field day when it was just held at our school. A couple of years ago, they decided to make field day a district wide day where all elementary schools have it together at the high school. The PE teachers work very hard to make it organized, but it's just impossible with so many people. The kids are supposed to rotate to the activities, but every year we run out of time and the kids don't get to do everything, which they throw a fit over. It's also very hard to keep track of behavior students that you're worried about in such a large setting. We also get middle school kids as volunteers, and although I usually get a couple of good ones there are also typically a couple who make the day harder. Weather in my area is very unpredictable, so it's also impossible to hold it on a day you know will be nice. Even mid-May around here could be snowy. When it was held at our own building, we could simply go in the gym or plan alternate activities, but at the HS there is no indoor space large enough for the entire district's elementary kids. Last year it was pouring rain and we were just expected to continue. My coworkers and I always end up talking about whether or not it would be too obvious to take a personal day that day.
     
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    That's nice. We have to take everyone regardless of whether or not they can follow simple instructions. It makes field trips a nightmare.
     
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    Our grade 1-3 students have a Field Day at school with grade 5 and 6 students helping to supervise events. The students are divided into groups that have students from all 3 grade levels.

    Our grade 4-8 students walk to the local high school for their Track and Field Day; they participate in running and jumping events. We walk to and from the high school (about 20 minutes) in class groups, then the kids are given a fair bit of freedom during the day as they move from one event to another.

    There are a few who are silly at times, but, for the most part, behaviour is really good. Our P is only a phone call away and won't hesitate to pull kids who cross the line.
     
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    For all outside school activities we have to carry out a risk assessment. If it is thought that a child will be a risk to their own safety of the safety of others (perhaps because they will not obey instructions) then we can legitimately exclude them from the trip. As the teachers are liable should anything go wrong then teachers are keen to make sure that the kids being taken will behave. If we had a rule where everyone has to go regardless then the teachers would refuse to take trips out of school.
     
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    Dude, I love field day. Our student officers run the whole show (with parent volunteers and the head secretary)
     
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    Take a sick day... personal day... :D
     
  18. 1stGradeRocks

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    I survived Field Day. :) It actually went well and wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.
     
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    Our field day is the last day of school. We're all usually excited for it, but this year, the teachers are just exhausted and have zero energy left in us to give for anything fun. We're so done, that meme with the run-down owl looks more amazing than we do. We're trying to not be fun-suckers, but it's not easy this year. Maybe it'll be a glorious day!
     
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    I'm very curious as to how this will run for us. Ours is this coming Friday. Teachers are NOT going to be with their class, since the coordinator stationed teachers at the events/games. Apparently parents are moving with classes. I feel like it will be total chaos.
     
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    Well, those are some brave souls (parents) taking on that role!
     
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    Lol They have no idea what they are in for with my class, for sure!
     
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    Back in the middle school, I hated Track and Field Day with an unholy passion. I hated it so completely that I volunteered to take the kids who did not qualify for the outdoor fairly free activity; in short, I'd rather host the worst kids in the school than have to do Track and Field Day. As a child, I hated recess - must have been an omen! I seldom had trouble with the hoods; I kind of enjoyed them unless they were stupidly hoody. On Track and Field Day, we stayed inside in the air conditioning, drank cokes I sneaked from the vending machines in the teacher's lounge, ate cookies and pizza I brought from home for them, and played killer euchre. Every few hours, we took a nap break and I read to them from Harry Potter, LOTR, Percy Jackson, and unabridged fairy tales. Not very professional? It was the last day of school, nobody else wanted the out-of-the-box kids, I hate fresh air, and everybody was happy.
     
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    For me, field day is a necessary evil. It's usually terribly hot, and the kids wind up whining about the games or the heat or each other. Some years, our PE staff has made it quite tolerable by keeping it moving and having more events that our fun for my kindergarteners.
     
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    Our Track and Field Day is today! The weather is perfect--sunny and warm. The walk to and from the high school is the most stressful part of the day for me. Once I get everyone safely where they need to be, I can focus on my assigned job for the day--working at the score table and handing out ribbons to the kids who earn them!
     
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    Honestly, I enjoy field day! Our PE teacher does a great job organizing the day and there is little to no work for us teachers. We wander to the different stations and supervise. The kids are so into it that there are rarely behaviour problems. One year I did have to shadow one of my students, but that was an exception.
     
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    Just finished up field day. It was pretty fun, it really is something I enjoy. Though during our paper bag water toss when the teachers were handed a bag... I failed miserably. I wound up soaking my best room parent and another teacher instead of the children.

    One complaint I have, not concerning field day but perhaps just society, is parents who send their kids to field day with the instruction to not get wet and/or dirty. I had one student crying yesterday saying he wouldn't be coming to school tomorrow because his parents (fussy sorts) didn't want him getting wet. He was absent. Another kid showed up with the instruction from his mom he was not to get wet: Kid went ahead and participated anyway. I witnessed two kids in other classes having to sit on the sides due to the "no getting wet" rule from parents. Sigh.
     
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    No way. Field day is fun lol. A day off from teaching in the classroom... And I always join in.
     
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    I have probably organized and run almost 45 different field days over my career. I view it as a time my kids that do not succeed in group activities can shine individually. Now that I do two school I have run 2 field days a year for 11 years. Just finished ,my last one early in May. THANK GOD it turned out to be a nice dry COOL day. My field day is about 12 events. Grades 2-5 can sign up for 5 events. IF they bring a bike and bike helmet they can be in my bike race. Grades k-1 do 3 or 4 fun events as a group. I get my grades 2-5 teachers to do my field events (soccer dribble, basketball shoot, football throw, jumprope and shot put) I do all the runs (60, 200 400 600 and 800) I have 8-9 year olds compete and 10-11 year olds (seperated by boys and girls) Sometimes I have some 12 year olds in n 5th or 7 year olds in 2nd they are allowed to compete. At the end of the day if you came in 1st 2nd or 3rd you win a ribbon in that event. My kids and parents love it and my teachers all seem to enjoy seeing their kids do something different. I have teachers that do the same event for me each year, At the end of the year when the staff play the 5th in softball I have my archery tournament right after it. We just finish archery and my top shooters compete for ribbons and a picture in the local paper about the tournament. I love field day, I let them practice their events for 1 or 2 days. Seeing the face of a kid that worked hard at something and succeeding. We used to do a county field day where all my 1st and 2nd place kids competed with the four other elem. schools. Now testing does not allow (no time they say).
     
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