I am a third grade teacher that works in a low-income Title I school. All students receive free lunch. All students can have the determination to be successful but the lack nutritional education sometimes causes the students to make negative choices with their eating habits.
The school is in a low income, mostly African American neighborhood in a city.
Despite issues with the neighborhood (that come with poverty), the kids come in ready to learn and want to do well. They work very hard as a community and always help each other out! They really care about each other, and it always shows in my classroom. I am able to stand back often and let them all teach either- a beautiful teaching moment!
My students try to make good choices about food and our environment, teachers just need to be fun and creative.
My students are enthusiastic, self-motivated learners that yearn to learn each day. Students are asking to try new nutrient dense foods because they don't eat those at home. They have asked to get a Vitamix blender to make smoothies because I am constantly drinking one. They are constantly asking about healthy foods. They are constantly asking for food and love the idea of being able to whip up a nutritious smoothie in class. They often come to class with left over yogurt, milk, and fruits from breakfast that would be ideal for a refreshing snack. We will focus our learning on healthy food choices by reading a variety of text, growing some fruits and vegetables, and using the Vitamix to try new flavors when mixing the dense rich foods.
This project will help my students learn about nutritious food choices and how to begin having healthy eating habits.
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