Teacher lunch habits are a direct reflection of school culture and climate. I’ve worked in situations with isolated and independent lunch, occasional required lunch meetings, random meetings for lunch, and intentional and essentially sacred group lunches.
In my experience, a staff that eats together is more likely to plan and reflect together as well as enjoy each other’s company on a daily basis. A staff that closes their individual doors and eats in solitude tends to plan and reflect in the same manner. After experiencing a culture where communal eating is all but expected, I don’t think I could go back.