- Show the SuperSize Me Video! Go to www.supersizeme.com and download the sample monthly menus and group-sized recipes for healthier lunch choices at the school cafeteria. Conduct a taste test of three “healthy” recipes outside the school cafeteria and have students complete a survey. Present findings to the Board of Ed, Principal, Cafeteria Manager for possible changes to the lunch food. (JH)
- Eliminate the natural tendency to cheat on tests. Allow students to take tests together if only for a short time period, like 5 minutes at the end of class. (KP)
- Make a Power Point presentation and create culinary teams in the classroom. Then the teams buzz in and answer questions like jeopardy. If the team gets the question correct, then they get the points. The highest team wins a token educational gift. (DK)
By Mary Petersen, Editor, “The Gold Medal Classroom”
Dr. Fred Mayo gave a series of educational workshops to teachers attending CAFÉ workshops last year. His topic covered what teachers can do in order to present material for maximum impact and by way of example of what NOT to do, including some negative statements by teachers that have been heard in classrooms:
Around the middle of the school year, my students tend to get a little lazy with their cleanup. This is the time I implement a sanitation scavenger hunt. I find all the problems and write them down. I divide the students into groups of four and the first group to find all the problems wins a dessert of their choice and extra credit. The "losing" groups get extra credit, depending on how many they find and they have to fix the problems. They look for things such as improper storage, improper cleanup etc... This really gets them back in line.