Tackling the often dreaded, and potentially boring, homeroom coverage can be daunting for any teacher. The required tasks usually take about 5 minutes, which often leaves plenty of free time for the students. If this time is left as an unstructured environment, students can become loud and disruptive. Video viewing can turn this free time into a successful activity and learning opportunity. 
In the article “Young, gifted and held back” authors at the Economist pointed to many policies, practices, and traditions that limit the ability of individuals under the age of 30 to excel in their adulthood and even lead their communities to prosperity. 
Time spent supervising lunch may take away the only short break in the day, but the benefits of discovering the milieu our students inhabit help solidify the connections we have with them on a daily basis. I hope that the next time you head off to the faculty lunchroom, take a moment to think of the students in their lunchroom, where true colors are seen. 
President Barack Obama kicked off his final State of the Union address by asking the citizens of our country several important question that ought to frame how our policy makers will lead into the future. His first question was related to education. He asked, “How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy?”
Not unlike Scrooge and his visit by four ghosts one Christmas Eve long ago, I too was in the company of spirits over my recent break from the classroom. Their visions of the past, present, and future of the field of gifted education came alive for me in one night.