I promise my blog is not becoming overrun with teaching.
However, I LOVE my new job and it takes a lot of my time. I will limit my job-love gushing to Tuesdays only.
Of course, I incorporate my thrifty ways into everything I do. Hopefully everyone can glean some information.
So here’s what I have been up to…
My students are about to plan a mutiny. I had them evaluate me on Friday and the comment I got over and over was,
“This is a FOODS class. We want FOOD!”
Before I set my students loose in the kitchens they will demonstrate and understanding kitchen safety and food safety. I’m doing my best to make it exciting!
I destroyed one of my kitchens to demonstrate what not to do. The students observed the kitchen (from a masking tape barrier) and listed my errors before describing the possible hazard.
This is a great way to demonstrate the importance of hand washing. Thoroughly wash three potatoes with soap and water. One is put in a sandwich bag as the control. Pass the next around the classroom. Then, demonstrate proper hand washing. After all of the students have washed their hands, pass the last potato around.
As you can see, the potatoes are deteriorating at different rates. One of my classes dropped the “clean” potato on the floor, so I think I disproved the five second rule there.
Another thing to note is my contact paper. I pasted clear contact paper on the fridge. It erases just like a dry erase board so I can change the number and the students can make observations each day.
This activity illustrated the importance of keeping cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Each bottle has the same yeast and sugar solution. The bottle on the right was placed in lukewarm water and represents food left at room temperature. The bottle on the left was placed in ice water to represent refrigeration. Students can clearly see that bacteria grows faster in warm temperatures.
I’m having a great time at my job. My students are great and make me laugh all day. I am fortunate to have block scheduling so I only have 60 students and am getting to know them quickly.
Check back in on my next week! Hopefully I will have more to tell you about my non-teacher life (if there is such a thing) before then.