Saturday, March 24, 2007
Like most of my fellow "Special Populations" teachers, I now eat my lunch in my room. It's a decision I had been contemplating for awhile, as I've previously mentioned here I was getting tired of listening to the various teacher cliques discuss their party/dinner/get-together plans. The final straw for me was when a teacher, whom I considered a friend, screamed at me during lunch over a comment I had made regarding her MySpace page. Now, I'll be the first to admit I have the habit of sticking my foot in my mouth, but in this case I'm certain she misunderstood what I was trying to say. One of her good friends asked me about it and I explained what I meant, and she informed me that, yes, the other teacher had misunderstood what I was saying.
Since this incident, about 4 weeks ago, I have taken to eating lunch in my room. I have rediscovered the joy of reading at lunchtime and yesterday I just finished reading Stephen King's Bag of Bones. I HIGHLY recommend it. All I can say is, if I had a house with a basement or cellar I would now be afraid to go down in it.
Posted by Mike in Texas at 8:16 AM
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I too used to eat by myself. I would catch up on the news on the web, do a little quick reading of blogs.
But, this year I decided against going it alone and forced myself to eat every day in the teacher's workroom. It has been a fabulous decision. I have found that I have more in common with my colleagues than I thought and I value that 20 minute adult contact very much.
I eat in my room and I have for the last four years. I need that quiet time...just me and the 12 news and the Internet from time to time though I can't access any blog at school or my bank account for that matter.
I eat in my room to avoid students...not adults. If I sit in the lunchroom I have a steady stream of kids coming to tattle, coming to throw next to me, or my personal favorite....one year I had young man who constantly had a problem with head lice. He actually could locate a live bug and bring to me to show me while aI was eating. Ick!
Eating in the lunchroom has NOT been an enjoyable experience for me.
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