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For the first few years I was here, I held end-of-year parties for all of my students, class by class, in my apartment. It was never meant to accommodate more than 30 people at a time, and my kitchen is not meant to cater that much food at once. I soon discontinued that practice.


This year, to get my kids talking in class – and off their phones, I came up with the ingenious idea of holding competitions. Class by class, divided into groups, whichever team presented the best topic, as judged by their peers, would enjoy a dinner at my house. The exercise culminated in time for the end of the year. Thus, I hosted 4 parties, back to back, during this past week.


I thought I was going to get away from having parties at my house... oh well! These were smaller groups, and we had an opportunity to play outside of class and appreciate our time together.


On Monday, I went food shopping for all of these dinners. No pictures to show of that. It's really not that exciting.


On Tuesday, The FBI made their appearance. We made pizza and quesadillas, and cookies for their classmates

On Wednesday, my lone sophomore group and I met for a dinner off-campus. I wanted to show my appreciation for them pushing me to be a better teacher. Fortunately, that meal was catered.

On Thursday, The Running Goddesses came by. We had already had a pizza party earlier in the year, so for them it was shepherd's pie, grilled chicken wings, deviled eggs, steamed veggies and salad. And quesadillas, which are proving to be a hit.

On Friday, The TFGirls graced my home. Again: pizza and quesadillas. For them and the Running Goddesses, I made an apple pie – because I had already treated their classmates to home-baked treats earlier in the year.

This is what I felt like at the end of it all.


Happy Summer, everyone!

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Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-6-20 19:05
I have found food is a great way to break the ice, especially with Freshman students.
Half-way through the first semester each student had to present their favourite recipe - or something that they enjoyed eating, as a presentation.
Even the most shy students got into the spirit of speaking in front of the class and I got 25 recipes from each class.
I reciprocated by presenting one of my favourite dishes that I cook at home, sadly only with pictures, to show how some cooking techniques were different.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-6-20 21:54
BlondeAmber: I have found food is a great way to break the ice, especially with Freshman students.
Half-way through the first semester each student had to present  ...
I usually hold a cooking demonstration in class, lugging my oven and raw ingredients, and there are 3 dishes to sample. I don't believe I'll be doing that next year because I will have too many classes, so I'll borrow your great idea, if you don't mind.
I think I will bring popcorn fixings for our Thanksgiving class, though. That should be doable.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-6-20 22:47
teamkrejados: I usually hold a cooking demonstration in class, lugging my oven and raw ingredients, and there are 3 dishes to sample. I don't believe I'll be doing  ...
Hope you will have fun doing this.
As there are no cooking facilities, I tell my students that I expect a description on the flavour, beyond the usual 'it tastes delicious'.
Other students have the opportunity to question for more information.
Some of the boys are surprisingly good and adventurous at cooking.
Reply Report RKSmith 2016-6-21 08:02
Wonderful idea to get students talking in class and off their cell-phones. Everyone loves food.
Reply Report Chengking 2016-6-21 11:15
Well, I see your "fan" is out bashing again.
Reply Report Chengking 2016-6-21 11:18
Hope your students do the dishes after the party.  
Reply Report voice_cd 2016-6-21 15:52
Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-6-21 18:46
Chengking: Hope your students do the dishes after the party.   
Heavens no! My 'clean' and the general Chinese 'clean' are 2 vastly different things...  
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-6-21 18:48
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it.
Thanks so much! Wish you all a great day.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-6-21 18:49
RKSmith: Wonderful idea to get students talking in class and off their cell-phones. Everyone loves food.
too true! It is the easiest way to find common ground. Thanks for your comment. Wish you a great day.
Reply Report Funny-boy 2016-6-22 09:49
Thanks for your dilicious cooking, nice teacher and shine students.
Reply Report Donald_Trump 2016-6-22 11:54
I apologise for the egg and for defending someone I didn't even know. You're a good teacher and if I had an apple, its yours.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-6-22 14:33
Chengking: Well, I see your "fan" is out bashing again.
Sadly... but, it is a connection, no matter how tenuous. I think, if I can ride out this storm, she might relent and we might be able to work together. I hope, anyway.
Thanks for your support. Wish you a great day!
Reply Report Jade_Li 2016-6-22 17:26
a good teacher is providing pleasure and knowledge in books but also in life~
I am so jealous of your students~
Reply Report 12342904 2016-6-22 17:27
Donald_Trump: I apologise for the egg and for defending someone I didn't even know. You're a good teacher and if I had an apple, its yours.
  
Reply Report Donald_Trump 2016-6-23 06:59
12342904:   
Im the pig hu?... I seen your Message Reply History on here... You're NOT a Chinese student with weak English. In fact, your English is quite native. You are a fake, a fraud and a BULLY!

Listening to your Wechat voice messages, you sound more like a westerner faking an Asian accent. You should be banned for all your lies and harassment you placed on teamkrejados while you made a fool out of me for your own personal pleasure. My biggest regret on here is that I got involved attacking an innocent person in your defence. You should be banned from cd for your evil trickery you placed on these bloggers along with the embarrassment I have to carry within this community.

Good folks, any folks, don't need the harassment... Im requesting to voice you get a permeant ban.
Reply Report mbursian 2016-6-23 10:00
One of the teachers at our school treated her senior class to a huge spaghetti and meatball dinner (homemade sauce), with toasted garlic bread and a proper tossed vegetable salad... everyone got in the act of preparing.  It was quite successful and fun... the kids loved it.  There are 10 kids in her senior class... kids paired up preparing different things.  Another time she had the class come to her house to make cookies from scratch.  It's a great activity for older kids and you certainly can incorporate a lot of English in the "lesson".
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-6-23 13:15
Donald_Trump: I apologise for the egg and for defending someone I didn't even know. You're a good teacher and if I had an apple, its yours.
You must be a very kind person to leap to someone's defense. I'm so sorry that you (apparently) were played - as said in your later message.
No harm and no foul; Friend. See you at the polls!    
Or elsewhere on CD.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-6-23 13:16
Jade_Li: a good teacher is providing pleasure and knowledge in books but also in life~
I am so jealous of your students~
Maybe you could introduce the idea of a cooking class in your school?
Wish you a great day!
Reply Report AndrewCraven 2016-6-23 14:50
The producer of The Walking Dead can invite you to their shots without a make-up.

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