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I have many students whose lunchtimes are taken up with sports, and our lunchtime is officially only 45 mins long. I will allow them to eat outside the room as I have found undernourished or under-hydrated students care not able to work productively.
With my small senior class we have Cake-Day Friday through the winter. The students take turns to bake - not buy - a cake for the class. The cake is eaten after instruction. This exercise has helped to bond a very disparate group. What had been a very unproductive lesson is now energised discussion.
I happen to be one of those who always allows clear liquids (water or white gatorade) and occasionally a snack or two in class.
We have 90 minute block class periods and our principal does not allow us to take the class to the fountains, so especially on hot days, I think it is good they stay hydrated.
I agree with my colleagues and can think of no advantages to allowing food in the classroom that would outweigh the disadvantages. Students have time before and after school, lunch, sometimes study halls or other free periods, and even between classes to alleviate their hunger. There are enough natural distractions in the classroom; adding food is just not smart.
I am opposed to students eating in class. It is a distraction not only for the student who is eating but for others in the class who can't help but notice it. I insist that my students remain 100% engaged in the lesson for the brief time they are with me; if they are 100% engaged, then they don't have time for anything else. I can live with water or something similar, particularly if the student has a medical condition of which I have been made aware. Otherwise, food and drink are not only messy, they detract from the atmosphere and purpose of the class.
I would agree that in most cases eating should not be allowed in the classroom. It is a distraction to the teaching and learning process and as someone else mentioned usually results in a mess in the classroom. I do believe that students should be allowed to bring water bottles into the classroom though.
In general, I do not believe that eating should be allowed in classrooms (during class). There are a number of reasons for this. Included in those reasons are:
- It can be a distraction to other students. The smell of the food might distract those that are hungry. Alternately, it might disturb/disgust those who don't like the food being eaten.
- It can be messy. Students who are eating in class might spill the food on their books or on the floor. This could cause problems for the school (destroyed books, need for clean up) and could disrupt the class.
I get really hungry during class and i don't focus. None of my teachers let us have food. I always try to sneak in a snack. I have read many articles stating that students tend to focus more when they aren't hungry. so in my opinion, I thing we should allow student to have food in classes as long as they dont make a mess.
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