What Fate Lies in Lunch With This Rockwood Teacher?

This marquee message at Wildwood Middle School is intriguing, and begs answers to the question of what will happen at this meal with Ms. Brown? Post your guesses in the comments' section of the article.

Apparently the Wildwood Middle School Library Media Center has lots of students with overdue books and unpaid fines. 

School staffers would like to get this matter taken care of before the Rockwood School District winter break, according to an online school announcement. 

To help with this goal, library/media specialist Karen Brown planned to begin conferencing with students that have overdue books or outstanding fines this week. 

To avoid a lunch conference with Brown in the library, targeted students were encouraged to respond promptly.

How do you think Brown handles such "conferences"?

Val Strassburg December 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Isn't it common sense that teaching a child to be responsible makes a huge difference to how resposible they will be as an adult. Wouldn't we all be better off if we accepted the consequences of our behaviors. It seems that remembering to return or renew a library on time is a safe place for a student to learn a lesson in being a responsible citizen. Keep up the good work Miss Brown and thanks for being willing share your lunch time to teach that important life lesson. V. Strassburg
Kelly P. Hyland December 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I love this. What a great idea! Ms. Brown has a terrific sense of humor that we can all learn from.
Karen Brown December 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Comment, Part 1 There is no need to guess. I’m happy to share what occurs during a lunch conference. Overdue library notices are sent to students approximately every two weeks to remind students of late materials they have out. Toward the end of each semester, we try to get all overdue items returned. To help with this goal, in addition to the normal overdue notices that are sent to students through their Language Arts class, announcements are made over the PA, emails are sent to parents, and students are given an invitation to join me at lunch if they are unable to take care of their responsibilities by a certain date. Plenty of notice is given to students that the lunch conference is pending.
Karen Brown December 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Comment, Part 2 At the lunch conference, students get their lunch and report to the library media center where I conference with students; I ask where their overdue materials are, try to figure out if the materials are lost, and discuss any outstanding fines. There are times when overdue materials are in students’ lockers, so students are able to get those items during the lunch conference. I also encourage students to phone home during the conference to leave themselves a reminder message (or at times, I’ll phone their home) to bring in overdue books or outstanding fines. Individual conferences with students also provide me the time and means to see if there are financial situations that need to be addressed. If a student has lost a book and is unable to pay for it, I work out arrangements so there is no extra financial burden placed on the family. That’s it. That’s what happens during a typical lunch conference with this library media specialist. Sincerely, Karen Brown Post Script – Given the proposed budget cuts presented in Rockwood for next year, it’s important we get as many books back as possible as new books may not be purchased given the potential freeze in funding for library books.
Julie Brown Patton December 13, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Thank you so much, Ms. Brown, for clarifying how the lunches are handled and how important they are. You raise many, many good points.


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