The School Cafeteria: A Human Study

Chuck Murphree, Educator, Young Adult Novelist, Mental Health Activist/Speaker.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

“Everything you get from your students—the rolled eyes, the excitement, the apathy, the big smiles—is feedback on your performance.” -Unknown

I’m sitting here this morning, sipping dark roast coffee, and for some reason the high school lunchroom keeps coming into my thoughts. Perhaps, it’s because for the last several days I’ve been having school dreams. That happens to us educators every August. The cool thing is that my dreams are actually at school instead of virtual. When I woke, it made me miss my kids even more.

So, the lunchroom at high school. What a place! I’ve been to four different schools in my teaching career. I guess it’s just hard for me to stay settled. I have said over the years that if you want to study human nature, just come and stand with hundreds of teenagers in the school cafeteria. For us educators, I believe, it’s a great…

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