Cafeteria Evaluation: Things to Look For
Is the number of supervisors adequate for supervision?
How much overlap is there between classes?
Are supplies readily accessible to students?
Are there consistent seating and table assignments?
Is active supervision taking place?
What are the arrival procedures?
Are the procedures for getting food efficient?
How is the physical arrangement? (location of tables and lines)
What are the traffic patterns and are they efficient?
What are the waste disposal procedures- (number and location of trash cans, how
students line up to throw away trash, etc)?
How is the noise level?
Is there an attention signal? If so, how do students respond to it?
What are the dismissal procedures?
What is the overall tone and atmosphere?
Are there clear expectations for student behavior
What type of consequences are used for misbehavior?
Is there a plan for teaching cafeteria expectations?
Are there praise/reward systems for students meeting expectations?
How are students supervised in their pick up location?
What is the accessibility of the clean up station?
Guidelines for Supervising Students in the Cafeteria (to share with monitors):
Know the expectations
Implement corrections consistently
Circulate throughout the area
Refer to expectations when correcting
Consequences for violations
Use whole group consequences sparingly (if ever)
Possible Menu of Consequences for Cafeteria:
Change of seat
Seated at an isolated table
Brief time out (couple of minutes)
Walk with supervisor for minute or 2
Assist with clean up at end of lunch
Assigned seat for day or 2
Reporting problem to classroom teacher
Student Interview Questions- Cafeteria Evaluation
1. What is the best part about eating lunch in the cafeteria?
2. What is the worst part about eating lunch in the cafeteria?
3. Do adults in the cafeteria teat you the way you would want them to?
4. What are the rules/expectations for the cafeteria?
5. What do you do when you have a problem in the cafeteria?
6. What happens if someone isn’t following the rules/expectations?
7. What suggestions do you have for making the cafeteria better
From Sprick’s Cafeteria Discipline-Positive Techniques for Lunchroom Supervision