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Steve Haberlin is an assistant professor of education at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and author of Meditation in the College Classroom: A Pedagogical Tool to Help Students De-Stress, Focus,...
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Why have lunch with students?

Why I have lunch with students?
I eat lunch with my students on most days. While some educators think that is crazy and others perceive it as not wanting to eat with the other teachers~ I wanted to share why I think it is important. First~ if you're teaching from bell to bell~ there is very little downtime to chat and get to know your students on a personal level. You can create a great rapport ...with students and really get to know them simply by eating with them.
It allows me to relax a little with them~ forget about all the rules in the classroom (though I still stress manners) and just talk on a personal level. I gain a lot of insight into what makes my students tick or why they might act a certain way. For instance~ I might learn a student's dream is to write books and they are working on one right now. I might learn that someone's parents died or were recently divorced. I might learn that a student loves dolphins or the class is really into a new~ popular song--that I might incorporate into a lesson.
Breaking bread with kids is a great way to bond with them!