For most of my schools, this week wrapped up my first round of lunch bunch groups! Students were invited for two weeks with me, and everyone was excited to come! My groups did a great job following the rules of my room, we practiced our manners and spent time getting to know one another. Groups then picked a game to play for the day. Fortunately, having two weeks of lunch bunch meant that most members had a turn to play the game they wanted, even if they had to wait a week. Everyone did a great job playing fairly, and we had fun! I look forward to seeing new students for another round of lunch bunches next week.
This school year, I am using our lunch waves to interact with students in a new way. Previously, students most commonly saw me in their classrooms as we worked towards objectives associated with our developmental guidance curriculum. Running lunch bunch allows me to interact with students in a more informal setting, where the goals focus simply on getting to know one another, building rapport, and having fun!
Each week, I will choose a group of 4 students at each grade level to invite to lunch bunch. Students will receive a pass from me in the morning, and then meet me in the cafeteria during their regular lunch wave. I will walk them to my room, where we will spend a few moments reviewing expectations before jumping into talking and playing games. The same group of students will be invited back for a second week so that we can enjoy some extra time together before I invite a new group. All students will be invited at some point during the year, and are welcome to accept the invitation or pass the invite to another student awaiting a turn. Looking forward to some new company during lunches!