Around the Clock Here is a center game to reinforce clock numeral placement. For each game board, glue a construction paper clock to a colored background. Label each of several chips in sets of 12 chips with numerals 1 - In turn have each player roll a 12 sided die, then cover that number on her clock with the correctly labeled chip.
Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Super Size Me calls on schools to dump the junk food, make lunch a teaching tool. Randklev promotes a "restaurant" atmosphere in the cafeteria. Randklev believes that school is not about practicing for life.
School is life, she explained. That is what is expected in public with families and it should also be expected here.
That was the kind of atmosphere that Randklev and her staff wanted to create. The first step in the cafeteria's transformation was selecting a new name. A contest was held, and "Kids' Place" was the winning title.
Parents helped the cafeteria to live up to its name with new dcor. A bright stripe of yellow was added all around the room, and the students made handprints in primary colors on this "border.
On a cinder block wall outside, two parents painted a scene of "looking inside" the restaurant. Workers were given handmade bright aprons to complete the look. An adjoining smaller lunchroom was named "The Franklin Stove," after the school's namesake.
It is decorated with a large painted fireplace and Franklin stove insert, a mural of Independence Hall, and a bust of Ben Franklin. Parents are invited to join students for lunch or breakfast. The cafeteria has a buffet-style serving line with "payment" in a till. Servers greet their "customers," and Randklev thanks each student who has an adult in tow for bringing in more "business.
Eat only the food on your plate. Enjoy your table partners in pleasant conversation" Last year, the school began a full-time all-day kindergarten program. Having both kindergartners and first graders eating lunch for would greatly slow the cafeteria service, so the school implemented a "buddy system.
With the older students helping and teaching the younger students, the behavior of both groups was excellent. The kitchen continued to run on schedule, and our students loved it.
The older students continued to sit at a table with three other friends of their age and their younger buddies. We found that behavior concerns rose dramatically in the afternoon and concluded that we were contributing to that because of the junk we were providing. First, changes were made to the lunch schedule.
Each grade was given its own recess period of 23 minutes, followed by 22 minutes for lunch. Prior to this, students were rushing through their meals and racing to the playground. They have asked for and received microwaves to warm food from home and hot water dispensers for hot soups.
We have replaced pop machines with juice and bottled-water machines. Candy vending machines have been replaced with a refrigerated vending machine that vends only healthier snacks such as string cheese, yogurt, milk, peanuts, granola bars, crackers, and fruit.
There have been few complaints from students and none from parents -- even after four years. Beyond improved behavior in the lunchroom, Anderson has noted a drop in afternoon referrals to the office by percent.
We have truly not lost any money from our changes. How did she do it, and how can you? Mix Ages "The number one tool for encouraging better behavior in the cafeteria, in my opinion, is to have children of different ages eat at the same time," says Porter.
As the young ones learn, they can look forward to more responsibilities in the years ahead. Students and staff members wore their best clothes -- the custodian even wore a tuxedo!
The events were opportunities for lunchroom staff to bond and plan together and for teachers to prepare the students and review good manners. Porter advises that weekly and then monthly meetings are a good start.
Emphasize teamwork, and give the staff the chance to share what is happening in the cafeteria.Some of My Centers (some of the pictures below, give you an idea of what my classroom looked like during center time) I usually have 6 centers going on in the room plus I .
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