I've taught 5th grade for three years now...with a year of 3rd and half a year of middle school thrown in there and have never experiences so much drama between my students. Almost everyday they come back from lunch complaining about what other students are saying about them, about all the gossip, etc. They are already so clique-y and many of them are just SO mean to each other. Now, none of this happens in front of me of course and I've had numerous conversations with the principal about these incidents. Clearly something needs to be done in lunch, but that's not happening. So any suggestions on how to get these kids to be nice to one another?!?! The secrets, gossip, rumors, are getting ridiculous. I've talked their ears off about it...I've done various kindness initiatives in my classroom and they do it all in front of me but they can't transfer it.