Posted on November 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm by Lisa
This is something I have meant to do for a while. I finally got the gumption up to do it in October and have been doing it since then. I have grown tired of hearing the same types of conversation at lunch. I’m sure you’re familiar with most of it – complaints about students, the political situation, etc. While sometimes I’d like to eat alone, I still want some interaction during lunch.
So, on one Thursday towards the end of October, I decided to go to the cafeteria and sit with the kids.
(No, this isn’t me or my students. But you get the idea.)
It was a little nerve-wracking at first. I didn’t know if I would find a table to sit at or students who were willing to share their lunch time with me. Fortunately, a couple of my students had an empty seat at their table and were very welcoming when I asked if I could sit at their table. We had nice conversation, some about class and some about other things going on. It was a pleasant lunch.
The next Thursday, I went back to the cafeteria and found a different table of students to sit with. This time, it was a small group of my sophomore boys. They had several seats open because a few of their friends were absent that day. While the conversation didn’t flow as easily, it was still a good way to spend lunch. So the following Thursday, I went back. This time I chose a group of my freshmen boys to sit with. One of the sophomore boys who was at the table I was at the previous week came to the table to ask why I wasn’t sitting with them. I explained I was trying to sit with different groups each time. I asked if he wanted me to come and sit with them next week, to which he said yes. It was kind of cute that the sophomore boys seemed to be a little jealous that I wasn’t sitting with them and that they wanted me to come and sit with them.
And then I heard about it most of the next week – that they were looking forward to sitting with me the following Thursday. The following Thursday, I sat with a (full) table of sophomore boys and had a very enjoyable lunch with them. We didn’t talk about classes very much and they did most of the talking, which was perfectly fine. They were behaved and gracious and I was glad I had lunch with them.
I have a new Thursday routine now. While I’m not sure who I’ll be sitting with on Thursday this week, I do know I’ll be in the lunchroom. It’s nice to see my students in a different atmosphere and to share conversation not related to math. I’m looking forward to it.Tags: community building