Sketchnotes have changed the way students take notes in my culinary classroom. It’s been a powerful shift as students have come to understand the power of connecting their text to images and making their learning meaningful. In Culinary Arts it has been especially powerful when giving food demonstrations. As students observe the steps to the culinary and baking methods, they make connections to the terminology and ingredients being discussed by drawing the images and text on paper or a digital app like Paper53. In an elective class, this form of visual notetaking has been especially helpful as my students have a wide range of educational needs.
At the end of the demonstration, students have a recipe sketch that they can refer to when they transition to their culinary kitchens to practice what had been demonstrated. The beauty of these recipe sketches, is that they can use them to reflect, study, and can continue adding to them as they practice the methods themselves. Some have found as I have, that adding color, text, and images after the initial sketch helps further cement the learning.
Students enjoy this visual note taking method so much that I decided it would be awesome to create a Culinary Mission aka Side Quest (for my gamification friends) where students create their own recipe incorporating any of the methods learned about in the unit and turn it into a recipe sketch. I announced the mission and posted it on Google Classroom. Students could choose to accept or decline this mission, and as I do with all of my Culinary Missions, included an expiration date and time. (expiration dates sounds more exciting than due dates and giving a time like “midnight” sounds cooler too.) Students who completed the mission in time earned 1000 XP. Not everyone accepted the mission, but those who did had a blast creating their own recipes and sharing it in the form of a recipe sketch.
This month, as I was scrolling Twitter I saw my friend Stefanie Crawford post this:
Inspired by Michael Matera and Carrie Baughcum and their #five4five challenges, Stefanie Crawford decided to join in with 5 days of recipe sketches. Monica Spillman joined in the fun too and even created a digital deck for ebook of all the recipe sketches being created! She took it to another level and called them #sketchipes. WHAT?! Genius...why hadn't I thought of that! Click HERE to view this beautiful Sketchipe book.
Being the lover of all things culinary, challenges, and sketchnotes, I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by... I had to create a sketchipe too!
Taking part in this fun challenge made me reflect on how powerful this activity was with students and inspired me to think of other ways to take it to the next level. How fun would it be to compile all of my student's sketchipes in a digital collection as Monica shared and have students share out on Twitter! Even better, what about launching a global #sketchipe challenge with culinary classes from across the world and create a digital collection on Padlet, Book Creator, or Google Slides! So many possibilities!
Want to give #sketchipes a try?! Please post on Twitter and tag me (@tishrich) on your creations Also tag, @MrsCford_tweets, @mospillman, and @heckawesome and @mrmatera! In fact, make sure you are following them....they all ROCK!
Have any other ideas for incorporating #sketchnotes or #sketchipes into the classroom? Please share! We are all #BetterTogether.
Learn more about how I've used #sketchnoting in my class here:
Introducing Sketchnoting to Students
Hooked on Sketchnoting
I’ve had my share of paralyzing fears over the years. They are stealers of joy, preventing me from enjoying the many blessings in my life. On my recent trip to #ISTE18, I thought about this as the airplane captain announced on the intercom that we were at cruising altitude and that the seat belt sign had been turned off. For years, I had an incredibly intense fear of flying. So much in fact, that my stomach would be in knots weeks leading up to a trip. Any thought of getting onto the plane would nearly make me hyperventilate. In fact, my plane ride would be so miserable that I would have to take anti-anxiety medication prior to the flight and force myself to sleep so that I wouldn’t be overcome with panic. Noise cancelling headphones would eliminate the sounds of the engine that made me all too aware of how high up in the sky we were. This sounds dramatic, but it was real. So real that it nearly prevented me from taking on new opportunities and experiencing the things that brought me joy. I used to be so envious of my friends and family that could enjoy the anticipation of an upcoming trip; I desperately wanted to experience that same level of excitement, but couldn’t.
To add an element of irony, many of these plane rides would take me to conferences where I would be facing another fear...public speaking. I had found tremendous joy in sharing my passion with educators from around the world, but the anxiety that lead up to the session would be crippling. My stomach would churn and threaten to revolt as I made my way to the front of the room. Luckily, the moment that I began speaking the fear melted away and I was able to share from the heart.
As I was scrolling through Facebook yesterday, a former student posted this song by Zach Williams that caught my attention.
FEAR IS A LIAR
When he told you you're not good enough
When he told you you're not right
When he told you you're not strong enough
To put up a good fight
When he told you you're not worthy
When he told you you're not loved
When he told you you're not beautiful
That you'll never be enough
Fear, he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
'Cause fear he is a liar
As I let the words penetrate my heart, tears began to fall. Too often I have believed the lies of fear and let them stop me in my tracks, literally taking my breath away. More times than I can count I’ve let fear rob my rest and steal my happiness. Fear truly is a liar preventing us from experiencing the joy that life’s adventures can bring. The good news is, I’ve also experienced what it feels like to throw fear in the fire. It didn’t mean that the fear burned away immediately, it took time. But each time I accepted a speaking engagement or walked through the airline security line, a little more of the fear began to smolder and I could feel the victory of facing my fear head on letting him know, he wasn’t going to win.
The beauty of letting my fear turn to ash, is that the very things that have threatened to steal my happiness have become my greatest source of joy and strength. I now absolutely love the adventures that my airplane flights take me on and the incredible feeling of speaking to a room of educators hungry to learn and be inspired. The number of friendships that have been established and opportunities that I’ve been gifted because I faced my fear, are too numerous to count.
The truth is, fear will continue to raise it’s ugly head and tell me I’m not…
They do every day. But, I can look back at my past experiences and know that those are all lies. I will continue to cast my fears in the fire, because I know that...
FEAR IS A LIAR
Last night as I was walking out of a restaurant with my husband, I looked at the “Now Showing” poster at our local movie theater and stopped dead in my tracks. In fact, I may have screamed loud enough to startle the sweet couple that was passing by. My childhood hero Mr. Rogers, was staring back at me beckoning me to drop everything to see “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Knowing what a huge fan I was of Fred Rogers, my sweet husband says without hestitation, "it starts in 20 minutes, let's watch it!" It didn't take more than the opening segment for the tears to start rolling, and for the memories to come flooding back. You see, Mr. Rogers was a huge part of my childhood. Over the years I've tried to articulate to people why and I've never been able to adequately put into words the difference this public television show made on my life. When I sat in front of the television each day as a child, it was as if Mr. Rogers stepped through the screen and spoke directly to my highly sensitive Tisha heart making me understand that my feelings mattered and that I was special, just as I was. It didn’t matter that he wasn’t face to face with his television audience, his genuine love for children was evident; he was the ultimate “kid connector”. The topics he discussed were real and difficult, and delivered in a way that children could process them, and feel normal and valued for the feelings that they were experiencing. He understood the emotions of a child and the importance of curiosity, play, and make-believe in a child's development.
My mom loved Mr. Rogers too, and would often sing songs from the show to me at night. The one song that holds special value to me is "It's You I Like".
It's you I like
It's not the things you wear,
It's not the way you do your hair,
but it's you I like.
The way you are right now.
The way down deep inside you,
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys, they're just beside you.
But it's you I like, every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you'll remember
Even when you're feeling blue
That it's you I like,
It's you yourself, it's you,
I’m fortunate I came from a home where those words were sung and spoken to me often, yet so many live in homes where they don’t know that their feelings matter or that they are special just the way they are. There are a multitude of lessons I’ve learned from Mr. Rogers that I’ve carried into adulthood, but the lesson that stands out above all else is….love people. Whether you lead kids or adults, help them feel valued and that their feelings matter. Take time to build relationships. Listen...really listen. Show gratitude and appreciation. Be kind. We all want to be liked and to feel loved.
This connected world we live in is amazing, but sometimes we get lost. We compare and think that who we are isn’t good enough, or special enough. Watching the story of Mr. Rogers was a beautiful reminder to love each other and recognize the unique and special qualities in the people we care for. Thank you Mr. Rogers for making a difference in this little girl’s life and so many others from around the world. You left an incredible legacy and I will be forever grateful.
For more than a decade I’ve witnessed the emotional rollercoaster of a senior’s final days in high school. The mixture of excitement, sadness and fear, makes up the surreal reality that a chapter of their life is coming to a close and a new one is beginning. Moments of joy and celebration for the memories and all that has been accomplished as well as moments of sadness for all that is left behind.
I will be leaving the classroom this year and beginning a position as our district’s new Tech Instructional Coach in the Fall and I feel like I am graduating alongside the class of 2018. I am so incredibly excited about my new role and yet without warning my tears flow at a memory or comment from a colleague or student. I’ve had days where I’ve even questioned whether I made a horrible mistake and should stay in my current role as culinary arts teacher; a position that I’ve loved.
Today was one of those days where the flood gates opened and the tears were unstoppable. The more frustrated I became at my uncontrollable emotions, the more the tears flowed. It was in that moment a precious friend texted me this, “Big hearts (one’s full of passion) go hard and fall hard.” I let her words resonate in my soul as I gave my heart permission to deeply feel the emotions of leaving a chapter behind. My heart has been woven tightly around my role as a culinary teacher these past 12 years. So much of my identity has been wrapped into building a program and pouring my heart and soul into the students I’ve served. I went hard for 12 years and now that I’m leaving, I’m falling hard too.
Back in December I decided my “one word” for this year was going to be AMPLIFY. I wanted to amplify my impact this year in a big way. The chapter ahead is full of adventure and opportunities to do just that…amplify my impact. As George Couros says, “Change is the opportunity to do something amazing” and I am ready for the challenge! I know this is my time to move!
As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today this Dave Burgess quote hit home, “People who are comfortable and accustomed to traveling with the pack, always riding in the middle of the peloton, often resent those trying to escape in search of something more. BREAKING AWAY requires a huge burst of energy and enough strength to avoid getting dragged back to the pack.” I know this is my time to break away and venture into uncharted waters. Breaking away in this final stretch is definitely requiring me to dig deep to find the energy and strength to finish strong. Though the finish line is in sight, my race isn’t over yet. I want this to be an ending to remember.
I also know that the tears will still flow, and I’m okay with that because it means I’ve given my whole heart to my role as culinary teacher and to the thousands of kids that have entered my classroom doors. It’s been an amazing journey and now I’m ready to start a new one. A new adventure awaits!
We are in the final stretch. This is the time of year where testing is in full swing, stress levels are high, and energy is low! To hear the words "review day" could suck any remaining life out of our students this time of year. What if we approached them a bit differently and instead of "review" they became "game jams"? Doesn't that sound much more exciting?! I know it does to me! The energy games bring to the classroom is unmatched and the collaboration and learning that takes place is extraordinary!
Games are the perfect way to review for tests of all kinds, and I am continuously on the hunt to find new games to add to my game closet of ideas! Whenever I watch game shows or walk down game aisles I am looking for ideas and inspiration to bring into our classroom adventures. Our local toy store is going out of business, so they have had some pretty amazing discounts on their games recently. As I was perusing the game aisle, I did a double take. I saw the game, Topple, was discounted 90%! What?? I hadn't heard of this game, but I love a good bargain and I knew I could find a way to use it for learning! I bought all they had and found a home for them on my classroom counter.
I must admit the stack of Topple games sat there for quite some time, just begging to be played. As I was planning for my "game jam" to study for an upcoming pastry test I realized enough was enough...Topple was going to be a part of our pastry "Game Jam"! I made slight adjustments to the rules...and it adapted to our classroom logistics beautifully!
Object of the Game:
Score the most points by completing or adding to stacks or rows of playing pieces, while being careful not to topple any of the other pieces.
Topple game board
Set of review questions
4 islands of tables, with a cup of colored Topple pieces on the middle of each.
1 table in the middle with Topple Board and dice.
1. Divide class into teams of 4 and have them sit at one of the 4 table islands.
2. Have a representative from each group come up to middle table to roll die. Highest roll will go first.
3. Ask group with highest roll a question from review sheet and set the timer for 1 minute. If they answer the question correctly, one student from the team comes up to the middle table and rolls die. The number they roll corresponds with the numbers on Topple Board; 1=level 1, 2=level 2, etc and 6 is wild (can be placed anywhere on board). They place their Topple piece on board strategizing best location.
If they answer the question incorrectly, the next team to the right gets a chance to steal, If stealing team answers correctly, they have the same opportunity to roll die, and place Topple piece on board. If not, the next team steals, until someone answers correctly.
4. The second question goes back to second table and play repeats in the same manner.
5. The first team to topple the board and have pieces fall, ends the game and loses all points. The remaining teams add up their points. Teams with the highest points overall wins the game.
The beauty in this game is there are endless variations to the rules. You can add your own rules and point possibilities, or better yet, ask your students to create their own rules! They love designing games and usually have better ideas than I do! There is something magical about the energy that is created by the games we play.
When we create memorable experiences for our students, the learning sticks. I challenge you to open up your game cabinet at home or spend some time wandering the game aisle at your local stores. There is so much inspiration to be found there and the possibilities are endless! How can you take your favorite game and bring it into your classroom to create new opportunities for learning!? Ready set go....let the games begin!
Culinary teacher & Discovery School Lead in Southern Oregon, passionate about finding innovative ways to make learning magical for students. Love to gamify!