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How To End The School Year Feeling Encouraged And Confident

As the school year winds to a close, culinary and family consumer science teachers are facing the challenging tasks of:

  • Closing kitchens for the summer break.

  • Performance evaluations

  • Finding engaging but manageable activities for their students.

To help teachers end the school year feeling encouraged and confident, this blog post will provide tips, advice, and resources to aid in these tasks.

Staying Organized:

Organization is key in achieving an efficient close of the school year. To make sure students understand expectations and the magnitude of the task at hand, create a task card and rubric for deep cleaning the kitchen. Linking the grade for completing the task to the student’s final exam can be a great motivator.

I have a task card + rubric I love.

It has 3 columns on the top that tells students

  1. Action - clean

  2. Item - fridge shelves

  3. Use - cloth, bucket, water, dish soap

Then under it is a rubric checking:

  • got it checked when done

  • didn't have to redo it

  • used the right materials to clean

  • returned the task card

This helps students realize:

  1. They are getting marked and how on their task. (I usually link the mark as part of their final exam)

  2. It helps them realize what a big undertaking cleaning the kitchen for break is.

  3. Why we aren't cooking anymore after the BIG clean.

Something special to end the year!

To create a more memorable end of the year, try Guy Fieri’s suggestion of ““Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.”

Celebrate the effort by planning a special occasion - in the past, I’ve had a cake decorating week. The cakes can be stored in the fridge and enjoyed on the last day of school.

Finally, don't forget to take advantage of my 25% off TPT store sale on May 9th and 10th. Bundles are even more discounted - 55% off bundles (regular 30% discount + the 25% sale)! With these tools, culinary and family consumer science teachers can end the school year with confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

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