I am excited about this student-led project because my pupils initiated this proposal. My students have various special needs, and they are terrific with hands-on activities. A cooking class is right up their alley -- and complements their voracious appetites.
My students developed this project idea by brainstorming in the classroom. They absolutely love going on field trips, but I always emphasize the importance of trying in classroom learning to their interests. Part of our curriculum involves developing post-secondary/vocational goals. I enjoy taking students on trips to learn about different vocational opportunities. I have noticed that many of our conversations center around food, and I would like to give them the experience of cooking in a professional kitchen, and also learning about how different foods are prepared.
My students will start to develop skills in the culinary arts, and learn if they might be interested in pursuing cooking as a profession. I admire this career path because it involves a lot of cooperation. My pupils will learn that cooking is not all about self-interest, and see that there is a great deal of collaboration involved in the kitchen. This is particularly true when preparing meals for larger groups of people.
In Their Own Words
I am so thrilled to be part of this field trip proposal. I love cooking at home, with both my father and grandmother. They have instilled a love of Spanish cuisine in my soul, but I also want to learn about different types of cooking. I am great at cooking rice and beans, and lots of meat dishes, but want to broaden my palette.
I would love to take a leadership role with this field trip project proposal. For starters, I am helping Ms. S write this grant, but also will be setting everything up with Sur la Table once it's funded. I also need to make sure that my friends/peers understand the responsibilities involved with working in a kitchen, including safety with cutlery.
This project is so important because my teachers and other school staff members always ask us this question: What are you going to do after you graduate from high school? I think some of us have it figured out already, but so many more are trying to decide. I think students don't really know what their options are until they get out there and see for themselves.
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