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Old 04-26-2019, 07:14 AM
 
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I was assigned 7th grade lunch duty yesterday. Talk about painful. Loud. Chaotic. Did I say loud?

Has anyone ever refused this or a similar request? What happened?


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Old 04-26-2019, 07:25 AM
 
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I sympathize! I am so happy that lunch is our duty free time. I might not get that next year.

At my school if you refused that duty you would not be asked back.
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since I started teaching,
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I've maintained that everyone who says they loooovvve children should have to do a week of lunch duty.

No matter the age of students, lunch duty is loud and stressful for teachers--likely also for kids who are trying to gobble food and go be free for a few minutes. They are usually very hungry, have been herded into frustrating lines, gotten food that often disappoints, are crabby, sit next to those they don't like, etc. etc.

Lunch in school is about surviving, especially for those supervising.
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:16 PM
 
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As much as I would love to refuse lunch duty, I know to put up and shut up if I want to keep subbing in my district. I sub only in elementary, and I cannot imagine how loud MS lunch duty would be. Give me recess duty any day of the week!!
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:18 PM
 
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In our middle school, whenever I sub for PE, computers, health, etc. (Encore classes), I have lunch duty. I find it entertaining. And, yes, loud. But I stop at their tables and visit with them, especially the louder tables. They behave and are quieter. It's a half hour that isn't that pleasant, but I kind of enjoy it. Glutton for punishment and all that. And, yes, I'd hate to do it every day all year.


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Old 04-27-2019, 09:14 AM
 
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To me, lunch duty in middle school is a breeze compared to elementary. I just walk around for middle school, but for elementary it's a constant stream or opening juicing boxes, wiping up spills, answering raised hands, and handling tattling.
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Old 04-27-2019, 01:05 PM
 
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Sadly, I donít think we can ever refuse much. I got asked to cover extra periods at the last hs I was at the past two times. They wanted me to come down to the office to get the keys from the other end of the school and then make my way to the new room in a six minute passing period. Getting all of the kids out on time and locking up and walking to the new class takes about that much time. They made it seem like a big deal to have someone wait at the new classroom for the keys with me, which is what I suggested for them to do. This was a very large school. Itís like they think we donít have to deal with what regular teachers do. We are just robots to them.
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:13 PM
 
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One time I had the enviable task of doing 3 lunches in a row: 7th, 8th and 9th. Trying to be useful, I walked around giving out paper napkins for messes and messy faces, and I talked to a few kids who remembered me from other classes. The noise was deafening. Oh , and did I mention it was on a Friday?

I think I should have got extra pay.
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Old 04-28-2019, 06:55 PM
 
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I think I should have got extra pay.
Only one district I sub in pays substitutes for lunch/recess duty and I am grateful that they do. Most of the other ones load up our schedules so the only break is lunch and sometimes we have to cover lunch while eating lunch.
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Lunch duty for subs is aimless.
Old 04-29-2019, 09:50 AM
 
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Lunch duty for subs... What a joke

What exactly is our purpose in middle and high school? Stand there like a security guard?

Honestly, we serve no function when "monitoring" the cafeteria for older kids. We can neither break up a fight, nor discipline the kids.

A. There is a no physical contact rule for subs
B. We have zero authority in the caf to send kids to the office

Heck, we're not even "warm bodies." What a waste of time.

I only see lunch duty as a necessity to babysit the elementary kiddos.


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