At one elementary school I observed in, the indoor recess when the weather was nasty was completely inappropriate, in my opinion. First of all, it was in the auditorium. Recess, which is usually outdoors, should be an opportunity for kids to run around a little. There is no way for that to happen safely in an auditorium. The gym would be more appropriate. I understand that there are logistical difficulties with the schedule, but I personally think it could probably be worked out somehow and is certainly worth it. Also, it is diffucult to manage a recess situation in the auditorium. Secondly, a movie was playing (on a huge projection screen) and the lights were off. I don't consider that a wholesome recess activity. This is the kids' time for socializing and playing. They can hardly do that with the lights off, and don't even have an interest in doing it when there's a movie on. Furthermore, if it's hard to manage recess in an auditorium, it's absolutely impossible to do so with all the lights off! You wouldn't even see trouble brewing! Third, the movie was playing at a dangerously loud level. This raises several more concerns. First, it is really dangerous to kids' hearing. The thing was so loud that I couldn't hear my own raised voice. Second, if darkness discourages socialization, such loud noise completely precludes it. Third, and probably most important, if supervision was difficult with the lights out, now you can't even HEAR trouble brewing! Kids could be in a screaming match a few rows away and you would never know! I am told that this is the routine arrangement for every time it is too wet or cold to go outdoors for recess. With winter weather starting already, I anticipate this will be happening quite frequently. I'm only a student teacher. What can I do?!