What do you think about students coming into the teacher's lounge? There is a teacher at a school where I regularly work who has students come find her in the lounge during lunchtime when they are finishing work or a punishment, like writing lines. She has them check in with her before they can go play. I have a slight issue with this for several reasons: A) I never eat or drink in front of the kids. I subscribe to the rules I was taught as a child - if you don't have enough for everyone, leave it at home. There can often be goodies in the lounge. I just think it's unkind to let them come in and see that and know that they can't have any. B) It's our break time. We get so little time during the day to take a breather,the lounge and bathroom are almost sacrosanct C) In this particular school, I've witnessed a lot of venting that can be misunderstood if heard in pieces...A student with big ears can really have feelings hurt and can start a big hullaballoo if the comments are repeated to a parent and the parent complains. I'm really just wondering if this is common. Since I'm but a lowly sub, I don't have a leg to stand on in terms of complaining and I rarely even eat in the lounge because it often makes me uncomfortable if workplace politics are being discussed. What do you think about students in this area?