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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Flood Relief via Lasagna

Yesterday I watched the television as many of you did and felt such sorrow for the flood victims. I decided that I was not going to just stand by and watch but help out in some way so I decided that we would cook. I called the Red Cross and asked if I could cook a meal for the shelter set up at the Cobb Civic Center. The lady called me back and told me that I could since I was ServSafe certified but needed to make a meal for 250 people. I immediately called my food service rep and ordered all the food I needed to make my momma's lasagna. I then got on facebook and posted for all culinary students former and current to come out and help.

After all of my planning, I began to worry because I would have to use my Intro students who have only made crepes up to this point and are still learning the basics of sanitation. I could not go to sleep until about 1:30 this morning because of stress. I woke up this morning and devised a plan on how I was going to make this work.

My 2B class was my first class today and they came in having no idea what they were in store for. I announced that we would be cooking today for the Cobb Civic Center. I explained that many people have been left with nothing but the clothes that they left their house with and I felt that it was our duty to serve our community with a hot meal. I also explained that all sanitation must be perfect and we could have no flaws.

We went into the kitchen and I was only expecting for them to get a portion of the prep done and figured they would probably leave the kitchen a mess since they are still learning how to execute basic food and clean up within 90 minutes. Well to my surprise, the kids got all the prep done and left the kitchen clean as a whistle. I don't think I have ever been so proud for them to have worked so hard when they knew they were getting nothing in return. Well we all know that they did a good deed but for kids, they are usually looking for something a little more tangible like food.

I was again shocked by my 4B class (a lovely class with LOTS of character) when they came in and assembled 13 lasagnas perfectly within a very short period of time. Not only did they finish clean up but several stayed after school to help finish the process.

Sorry, I have one more shock. Several students that I had previosly but do not have again this year showed up to help after school also. I am delivering the food tomorrow and have students that will be staying once again after school to cook and deliver the lasagna and garlic bread.

I seriously love cooking like this.


Scott said...


The theme of the Blog this week is “Surprise”. After meeting you this summer and spending classroom time with you, your act of kindness is in no way a surprise! The world would be a better place with more “Ginger “ in it, keep up the great work with the community and your students

Randi said...

Wow!! Ginger, this brought tears to my eyes! That was an awesome thing for you guys to do. It is amazing how when you have little faith in students they seem to step up and show you what they can really handle. Its amazing to take a step back sometimes and see what they are actually capable of doing. Sometimes I forget they are just high school students and I was that age one time. I know sometimes they can get very lazy, but when you really need them to come through for you, its amazing what they can actually do! I am so glad your project went so well! Im sure your students truly enjoy having your class!

GETZ said...

This is so cool! Congratulations on getting all of this together. Imagine a world where the community and the local school work hand in hand for the people of the community...what a concept. I think it is great that you felt it was your duty to provide lasagna to these folks who needed it. Who else could of done something like this so quickly? I think you had the perfect opportunity and did an awesome job seizing it. Job well done to your kids as well. It's so nice that you are comfortable enough with your students to take a leap of faith with them. Have you told the paper/tv/radio? This story should be public! (Don't feel bad about promoting yourself - your kids deserve the recognition)