Teachers bring a picnic/snacks for informal break chat in communal area of the school where students congregate.

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Could creating an informal #snackchat day where staff bring in snacks that are free for kids to grab during a break or lunch bring staff and students together to build empathy through food and chat? Or could this be extended to have it on the gate for parents too?


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Hi Ben! wanted to check in on the #snackchat idea--have you had a chance to prototype it? Would love to hear how you structure it, are students and teachers able to stay and chat? what kind of questions or activities lead to building empathy in this kind of situation?

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Hi Megan, very sorry for the delay in replying. Hoping to get the first run going soon. I have got stuck trying to gather an understanding of what would engage best. Probably time to start a prototype and learn from that isn't it!

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Sounds great Ben--Would love to hear how you decide to structure this and how the prototyping goes, I'm sure that will give you some great insights. Let us know if there is any way we can support your idea and building empathy with snackchat!

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This is a really simple idea but could be so so powerful.

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Hey Ben, great idea! Food is an awesome way to connect with others. Have you seen Share food Seems like you two have similar ideas. Might be cool for you to connect and brainstorm what your ideas might look like. Excited to see what you do with your idea. Let me know if you need any help.

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Hi Ben! Great to see your idea here! A #snackchat would be a great way to create a casual gathering where teachers and students could get to know each other better. I look forward to seeing how you build out the idea. You could start a collaborative Google Doc and start building this out.