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Discussion in 'General Education' started by Marci07, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Marci07

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    What are the most common topics of coversation going on during lunch time among you and your colleagues?

    Sometimes we give advice to each other, sometimes we vent when we're having a bad day. Other times, we laugh and share stories.

    Is it wrong to vent about students during our lunch time with other teachers? Should we get in trouble with the principal for doing this? I'm curious.
     
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  3. ecsmom

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    We usually don't talk about students during lunch as it is our down time. We never talk about students in front of a sub or if a parent volunteer is in the room.

    We talk about our families, travel plans, TV shows , ect.
     
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    Most of the time our lunch conversation is about our personal lives. Sometimes we talk about students, but only so we know if something is going on because we teach all the students in our grade level. As pp said, we never talk about students if a volunteer is in the room.
     
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    At my school there is some talk about students (not really venting, though.) Also some talk about politics and current events and TV programs and celebrity gossip (this being Spain, that last one is a pretty common feature...) A lot of teachers go home for lunch and a few eat in their rooms, but the rest of us eat at a conference table with the Principal and the Head of Studies, so the conversation is kept pretty light.
     
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    We talk about all kinds of things. Sometimes we talk "school" if there's something going on that day, and sometimes we'll talk about a specific student because we have lunch with people who share the student during the day.

    The conversation varies depending on who is at the table, too.

    We don't have a lounge. We eat at the "teacher table" in the cafeteria.
     
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    Some of the best advice I have received about students is from fellow teachers in the teachers lounge, especially from previous teachers or specialists who have had them in class. Our current major topic - our current Governor in NJ!
     
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    Like others have mentioned, we talk about a a variety of things - kids (our personal children), holidays, good recipes, Top Chef, movies, etc. Sometimes we do talk about students, but not in a venting way, more like if we need to pass on something that's happened that day or a funny story involving something someone said. We're always careful to make sure there's no sub in the lounge.
     
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    We don't vent about kids, but I might touch base with last year's teacher about one of my students, or check in with a resource room teacher about some assessments s/he is running...

    Mostly we talk about sports, TV, politics (eek), our weekends, our own kids...we laugh, we let our hair down a bit...
     
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    Topics include everything from:
    -gushing about how wonderful and angelic our students are at all times and how pleased we are every single second of the day to work with them, especially the most difficult ones, who we greet with a big smile and cheer each morning :rolleyes:

    -the latest episode of Weeds/the Office

    -books we're reading

    -religion

    -male and female relationships

    -diet and exercise tips

    -what we're going to do over the different holidays
     
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    We eat in a teammate's classroom since the lounge is soooo far away.

    We talk about the curriculum too much. But we're a team of overachievers :p

    We talk about funny things that happened that day.

    We talk about current things going on in our lives.

    Lunch goes by so fast and there are 8 of us, so we're usually just saying hi and bye... since we have a staggered lunch.
     
  12. Marci07

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    I agree!!
     
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    We don't talk about students at all if we are in the teacher's lounge. My team eats in my room for lunch. If we need to talk about a student, we close the door.

    Even then, at lunch, we don't talk much about kids. We talk about families, politics, weddings, and sometimes we plan so that we don't have to meet during planning.
     
  14. webmistress

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    Really no 'lounges' here (just copy and mail rooms, but nowhere to just sit and unwind. No one was ever sitting freely at all) and no free lunch time, you eat with the students.

    But when I had a moment, I would get insight from a student's former teacher, especially if she was his favorite or highly respected teacher, and that gives good insight on how to handle the most difficult students when you have a clue about their home life.

    Other than that, during PLC meetings they talked about everything under the sun and then would throw in some academics. I guess everyone was dying to unwind in some way.
     

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