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Mayo’s Clinics: Criteria and Self Assessment in Evaluating Student Work

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 13:28

By Dr. Fred Mayo, CHE, CHT

fredmayoMaking students responsible for assessing their own performance can yield real differences in the way you teach and impact students’ attitude toward evaluation.

Last month, we mentioned the five elements of grading including: feedback, methods, criteria, grading mix and recording; we also discussed, in some detail, the topics of feedback and methods of evaluating student work. This month, we shall focus on the criteria—the standards that are used to judge the success or lack of it in performing work or demonstrating knowledge and skills—and ways to have student practice self assessment.

Front of House: The Language of the Front of the House

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 13:24

By Wendy Gay, CHE

foh_may10Teach students to communicate intent, enhance impact and add value by using business-building phrases and gestures at service.

Every profession has a language. We have at least two. In the kitchen, for example, we sometimes “86” an item, saying it is not available. When orders fly in, we can be “in the weeds.” In the front of the house, language is an extremely important part of what we do. The words we speak can create business or take it away.

50-Minute Classroom: Teaching International Cuisines

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 13:21

By Adam Weiner

fifty_may10Is teaching a world of different cuisines possible in only 50 minutes? Probably not, says Chef Weiner, but international cuisines can be successfully taught in a short series of classes.

For most teachers, teaching international cuisines has two limitations: time and money.

Let’s be honest. I don’t think that you can teach international cuisines in only 50 minutes. But, I do think that you can teach international cuisines in a series of 50-minute classes. I would recommend allocating about five class periods for this.

Green Tomato: Access a Wealth of Sustainability Resources at the NRA Show 2010

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 13:14

By Christopher Koetke, MBA, CEC, CCE

green_may10Educators seeking solutions for environmental efforts and teaching greener foodservice practices will find a wealth of information, products, services and contacts, May 22-25 in Chicago.

As schedules ramp up in preparation for the 2010 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago, I wanted to let you know about a few things you won’t want to miss. NRA has gone all out to put together a cornucopia of sustainability resources for both operators and educators. From the brand-new Conserve Solutions Center and Greener Restaurants program to a full track of educational sessions that focus exclusively on sustainability and social responsibility, they’ve got it covered … and you won’t want to miss it!

Guest Speaker: Why Networking Is So Important for Career Growth

Monday, 05 April 2010 22:06

By Laura Vaughn, MCFE

guest_april10Encouraging students to participate in professional organizations can help them excel in their careers.

As president of the Northern Illinois branch of the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) and a culinary educator, I recognize the value of participating in a professional organization. Students and recent graduates, however, can also benefit from belonging to IFSEA, even if their careers in the culinary industry have yet to begin.

Finding jobs in today's market is difficult, and making professional connections is often instrumental to getting one’s foot in the door and advancing in the industry. IFSEA supports students in networking and mentorship, and the more they participate, the greater the benefits to their careers.

My role as a culinary educator is to train students to master the foundations of their craft so they can get a job. But technical skills are only a portion of the tools needed for successful career growth in the hospitality or culinary industry. I'm often asked, “What are some skills that I need to climb the ladder” in order to rise to the top of the field? My reply is this: Mastering the basics of the culinary arts is important, but equally important is making contacts within your chosen field, and learning how to interact professionally with those contacts.