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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?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Bold and the Beautiful

I seem to make assumptions quite often about "prissy" students. I do not believe that culinary has any room for people that are not ready to take "the heat in the kitchen". I tend to judge the girls and guys that come in with their name brand clothes, manicures/pedicures, cute shoes that are definitely not kitchen safe, and look like they have not worked a day of manual labor in their life. My brain immediately tells me that these students are going to be trouble. They will not want to lift heavy things, cut things that could make their hands stink, get their clothes dirty, mess up their hair, or god forbid, CLEAN! Sometimes this may be true and I guess I base this on the "prissy" girls in culinary school. They would kill me when they would worry if the chef hat would mess up their hair. These girls were the ones that you would send to get something that didn't exist just to give you time to get the food cooked the right way. Well, this semester my opinion has been changed. I teach several of the "prissy" kids, boys and girls, and these kids have turned out to be the best. These are the ones that start mopping before anyone else. I think they may actually like that someone has finally given them some responsibility (I think their maids usually do everything at home, no joke). I have one girl that has become a shining star and has changed my opinion on how I look at my students. Now this is not true of all but it will still help me in creating stereotypes and giving all students a chance to prove they belong in my kitchen.

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