During our first few, short, weeks of school the staff and I have been working on lunchroom expectations with the students. It can be very chaotic with over 100 kiddos in the all-purpose room for each lunch period, so we need to maintain some level of calmness and order. However, we also need to provide a time for students to decompress, refuel, and prepare for an afternoon of learning!
I went class to class and spoke with the students about what should – and shouldn’t – happen in the lunchroom. Their ideas were right on, but not always easy to put into practice.
This week we’ll continue to work on what it looks like, and sounds like, in the Winthrop lunchroom, and I hope to start discussing manners – those little words that help us live in a civilized world – and lunchroom!