Show Kids You Care – Lunch Bunch

At a training a while back, I received a long foldable titled “150 ways to show kids you care.” A lot of the things listed on this sheet are things most teachers already do, but after starring at it behind my desk on a daily basis, it finally got me thinking today how much pressure we put on students daily to work – work – work.

Do you truly enjoy their company or are you too stressed out about test scores, curriculum maps, grades, etc? Guarantee, your students can tell the difference….

One of my favorite things to do is compliment students. I have morning car rider duty, and I am always throwing out compliments to my kids and I love the smile that flashed across their faces when I do so. I mean, think about how good you feel when someone notices your new shoes? Another favorite of mine is having class outside when it’s randomly gorgeous out. The kids LOVE IT!

Starting today, I will be discussing all those little things I do for my students — Kind of like a RAK {Random Act of Kindness} but a little more often than random. I’m hoping it will force help me to find other fun things I can do for my kiddos instead of just the same old stuff.

This week, I want to discuss my FRIDAY LUNCH BUNCH I started about a month and a half ago.

I’m sure a lot of you already do something like this, but kids go ape over eating lunch with the teacher, and it’s amazing how much information you can gain from that 20 minutes. I always choose to have my lunch bunch in my room on Fridays. The students don’t have to use their “reward” tickets or anything, they just simply ask if they can hang out with me for lunch on Friday. Obviously, I have to limit the number of students, but if I do reach my max, those students have me for the next week. I just write their names on my board to remember and to make sure I won’t have 30 kids in my resource classroom.

We giggle together. I listen to their stories. Laugh at their jokes. It’s truly a delightful time and it sometimes helps remind me exactly why I became a teacher… kids are so much fun!

What kind of sweet things do you do for your biggest fans?

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  1. Lisa Parnello on December 5, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I used to do lunch bunch, but now I have duty and eat my lunch with the kids every day, so it's not quite as special anymore. Instead I surprise my kids with popcorn parties when they are being good. I bring my air popper and it's the only thing that none of my kids are allergic to. It's even gluten free. I also send home "happy notes" when kids are being amazing. Both kids and parents like when good messages are sent home randomly.

    The Lower Elementary Cottage

  2. Jacqui on December 5, 2012 at 4:53 am

    What a great idea. I need to incorporate something similar for my students, and do more fun stuff for them.

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