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Pine Grove Elementary School students write cookbook, Nature Coast Technical High culinary students cook their recipes

Susan Notes:

Ohanian Comment: I love this project. I love the pedagogy, the activity, the respect for humanity . . . the very idea of it. This project makes me want to go find a school to work in tomorrow.

Kudos. Kudos.

Go to this schools website and you see lots of ugly:

  • FCAT & Assessment

  • FCAT Score Update

  • Grade 3 FCAT Mandatory Retention Explanation

  • And, ironically, this notice:
    Food for Classroom events: Store bought food only
    Parents: Just a reminder - It is District policy that any food brought in for classroom events must be "store bought" not homemade. We know how delicious homemade food can be, but we must ask that you adhere to District policy. Thank you.

    An yet. . . here is this project. Don't underestimate teachers!

    All that said, I just went to the "comments" on the newspaper site. An Arne Duncan corporate-politico acolyte posted this comment:
    This sounds like FUN, no doubt, but what did they LEARN, exactly?


    The Cubs Cuisine cookbook, which comes in three volumes, doesn't focus on only one type of food, like Italian cooking, Chinese cooking or vegetarian foods.

    These recipes are a hodgepodge of dishes that come from all over the place. And that was just what Pine Grove Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Patricia Doyle wanted.

    Her Family Recipe Classroom Project, which included Al Mendez's fourth-grade students and Debbie Torres' and Theresa McNeil's third-graders, was an attempt to involve students in an activity that includes their extended family members. Doyle wanted the students to learn about their ancestors and their ethnicity by producing cookbooks made up of family favorite recipes.

    "When you pass down recipes," Doyle said, "you can be with and spend time with your families." Some family members came into the classroom to talk to the children and answer their questions. "We had several parent interviews that were just wonderful," she said.

    The project covered skills in many subjects: social studies, writing, technology, reading, research, speaking and presentation, math and science. The students began by approaching family members for the recipes, which included pierogies and bacon, lumpia (a kind of egg roll), Grandma Jewell's 2½ bread, grape jelly meatballs, pumpkin cobbler and knepfla soup. . . . Since the St Petersburg Times gets really really ticked off when I reproduce entire articles, please find the rest of this wonderful story here.

    — Paulette Lash Ritchie
    St. Petersburg Times



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