Lunch and Learn offers Columbus students a unique opportunity
When Mr. John Lynskey left the classroom five years ago, the biggest regret of the outgoing senior class was that future Explorers would never have the experience of Mr. Lynskey in the classroom. But five years later, Mr. Lynskey is bringing his teaching skills to a new group of Explorers in a unique way: Lunch and Learn.
The Lunch and Learn program gives Christopher Columbus High School juniors and seniors the opportunity to take a summarized version of Mr. Lynskey’s U.S. Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia class, otherwise known as Vietnam. However, this program is unique because students get the opportunity to take his course without tests or quizzes. Once a week during junior and senior lunch, Mr. Lynskey and his students meet in the Lawrence-Bell Center to discuss a new element of World War II and the Vietnam War.
“Lunch and Learn was a concept developed a few years ago. Every Tuesday, I go into the media center and meet with the juniors and seniors, most of them Mas Scholars, but not all of them, and this topic for this year is I’m going back to teaching about the war in Vietnam,” said Mr. Lynskey.
“It’s a concept where students can eat lunch, but walk away one day of the week actually having learned something of value and something that they wouldn’t necessarily get in any of the classes that we teach now,” remarked Mrs. Sylvie Galvez-Cuesta, one of Lunch and Learn’s co-founders and the Mas Family Program coordinator when asked about the benefit of Lunch and Learn to the students.
It is also evident that the students who attend Lunch and Learn enjoy their time there. “The interesting thing about Lunch and Learn is simply the way Lynskey does it. He’s unique, one-of-a-kind…I’ve never seen a history teacher like him,” said junior Jorge Gonzalez-Dunnam, a Mas Scholar and weekly attendee of the Lunch and Learn sessions.
Lunch and Learn also prepares its faithful attendees for what is soon to come. The idea for Lunch and Learn came from college campuses, where professors will invite their students to have lunch with them somewhere on campus while the professor conducts a “mini-class”, so to speak. In addition, the information students are learning here helps to prepare their minds for the impending collegiate experience.
“This is the best of both worlds,” added Mr. Lynskey. “I get to talk about something that I like, I get to scrape the rust off a little bit, and I do it just enough that I enjoy it, and it doesn’t become a burden.”
With Contributions By Marcel van Hemert