We often don't know what happens in our students' homes. The question of the day can help with this relationship. Before heading out for our seventh grade outdoor education trip, we talk about table manners. Since we have over 150 students attending, eating all in one room at crowded tables can be tricky. The day after we talk about good table manners, I like to pose this question to my students...
They move their magnets (which also helps me with a quick attendance check), and then, as happens often, one student adds another category. This day, what appeared was "I don't eat with my family." The one who started it gets my attention. What's the schedule like at home? Why don't you eat with your family? The response this year made me sad. "I don't want to. I bring my food up to my bedroom and eat there." That's my signal to get to know this student even more.