Have an occasional dinner-table discussion with your class. Eat lunch with your students once in a while. What you’ll learn can be worth a great deal.
Yesterday was Family Meal Day. I didn’t write anything about that. But today, I want to take a little spin from it. I want to take “family meal” into the classroom and school. Afterall, school is supposed to be the second home.
During my early teaching years; back when I was teaching the Nursery class, I often wound up having my snack breaks with the kids. I sit with them and eat snacks with them. Ocassionally, they all dug-in my snacks too. I didn’t mind. I thought to myself that I cannot expect kids to learn sharing if they won’t see and experience it. Besides, I won’t starve sharing my food, anyway.
There were times I did this to strategically avoid a student from being embarrassed by not having snacks in his bag. (It happened too often, so I had to find ways not to make the kid feel bashful of this fact. We all shared snacks. We pulled our tables into a line making it a big “dinner table”. We all sat side-by-side each other and ate.
During these snack times, I have heard great stories from the kids. I have observed their social skills more. I also noticed who were cliques and who was almost left-out. In these dinner-table discussions, I’ve heard stories and thoughts that went through their minds.
If kids in the Nursery class have got much to share and tell; how much more can we hear and learn from our bigger students? Try to have an occasional dinner-table discussion with your class by eating lunch right beside them. We have always acknowledge how important meal-sharing is and how much these dinner-table discussions can do to children’s psyche. We also know that not all our students get as much time with their families. As a second home to them; why not, as teachers share the meal and have those dinner-table discussions too. I, ascertain, what you’ll learn from their stories and their behavior will be worth a great deal.