IES Länna Spanish teachers, Mr. Diego Ulloa and Ms. Ema Zejnilovic, created a cooking project for their seventh grade students. It was hugely successful! Read more about the experience below:
The kitchen can offer us the opportunity as teachers to carry out different teaching-learning methodologies. Today's students demand from us, as teachers, new challenges that inspire learning in a more playful way. This is how cooking offers us the opportunity to connect curricular contents with novel and fun situations for students.
In this context, the seventh year students from IES Länna worked on a culinary project based on how to keep a healthy life. In the final stage of this project, they had to work in the kitchen, following the recipe and recording a tutorial video showing the whole process in Spanish. A lot of skills were worked on and developed in this context:
- Teamwork: Everyone has a specific role according to their abilities and everyone is of vital importance. Within this, there are always rules of respect and decision making, which will encourage teamwork in students.
- Healthy Habits: It is not only about acquiring good eating habits, health and hygiene, but also about maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships, where respect plays a predominant role.
- Scientific thinking: the kitchen, as an experimental laboratory, allows students to put into practice the scientific method from a recipe, looking for explanations to phenomena, confirming hypotheses or following steps to obtain results.
- Logical-mathematical thinking: conversions of units, problems that involve adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing are an important part of this process as well.
This project also provides an opportunity to develop the students' imagination, in a safe environment that can work to alleviate the stress of learning a second language.
“I liked it (the activity) so much, because it allowed us to have fun while learning Spanish. Before getting to the kitchen, we had gone through a long process in which we practice our writing, reading, listening and speaking skills, so I can say we improved our Spanish abilities a lot”, said Max 7B.
Another student, Olivia 7B, explained that “despite the fact of having one of our team members sick for one week, we were able to have everything done on time and it was a complete success to us; we had a lot of fun from the very beginning to the very end!” She added that it was great for them to have a folder with self and co-evaluation sheets, so they were able to assess their own performances, as well as their peers in each lesson.