Since traditional schools take kids out of their homes – you know, where they’re fed, and all – for seven, eight, or even more hours per day, they’re required to feed them both breakfast and lunch.
Traditionally, meals at school have been viewed as breaks from class as it’s regularly scheduled, rather than a time to learn. However, one educator broke this mold and found resoundingly great results from it.
Ryan Wheeler, a fifth-grade public school teacher, formed a group at lunch with a few of his male students in the hopes of forming a bond between them, as well as trying to help them have more fun while reading.
Mr. Wheeler would bring up various topics to discuss at the table, particularly through a fun book called “Rules of a Knight,” which helped teach those kids basic social norms and regularities, helping them boost both their academic minds and their social senses and abilities to be polite.
Wheeler went on to write in the journal Edutopia that those boys ended up growing closer to one another, and their confidence in the classroom boosted just as much.
As long as students of any grade level have enough time to break during the day, it’s OK to provide them with work during breakfast or lunch. Most students eat lunch together, whereas breakfasts are usually eaten on kids’ own times, so such strategies that were employed by Ryan Wheeler should typically only be kicked into action when all of a class eats together.