ERIC Number: EJ767847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 1
Let's Do Lunch--All Together
Goodman, Carole C.
Principal Leadership, v7 n4 p31-35 Dec 2006
In this article, the author describes the one 50-minute lunch period for all students, teachers, and staff members at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. The one lunch period, which began in 2000, allows students to eat in certain areas of the school, including classrooms, hallways, and resource areas. Teachers use the lunch period to work informally, one-on-one with students, and students can use the extended period to study. After six years in practice, one lunch period at Blake has empowered students and staff members, raised student achievement, improved staff collegiality and planning, and overall created an extremely effective and overwhelmingly positive school climate. The consensus of the school community is that Blake's single lunch period is highly successful and absolutely here to stay.
Descriptors: School Culture, Time Blocks, Scheduling, Dining Facilities, Food, Teacher Student Relationship, Adoption (Ideas), Collegiality, Interpersonal Relationship, Positive Reinforcement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland