Cooking class

Parents, teachers and students get together to cook

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 Cooking can be a great leveller. Not only do you get a lovely meal at the end of the process which in itself presents the opportunity for casual and friendly discussion but the process itself puts people on a level playing field. Muddleing through a recipe that you've never made, with people, gives you all a chance to get things wrong, have small triumphs and get to know each other. 

We all need to eat and so food is a great way to provide a visual metaphor that reminds everyone that we are all humans not a set of characters- "Teacher", "Parent"and "learner.

I'm not sure how the logistics would work here, but perhaps others do.

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I like this idea, it would be interesting to do this as a team of teachers and sit down and everyone prepares a meal and eats together.

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I'm not in a school setting  at the moment but it would be awesome if you'd like to take it  forward @Trever Redland I'd lI've to help in anyway I can.  Ellen Deutscher I've been thinking in the last few days that the design process of cooking is lacking from the maker movement....  maybe we could have "Baker spaces"  as well as "maker spaces" I'm going to see if I can get the school where I'm a trustee to try the idea! 

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Thomas,
I'm actually not directly in a school setting at the moment either. :) Perhaps we can reach out to other folks who might want to try.  Or maybe this can also be tried out in other settings and some insights could still be pulled from the experience. 

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I am going to talk to Clint Heitz maybe this idea can be incorporated into his idea. 

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Love it! Already started percolating as to how I can work it into Open the Door to More 

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Yes- i think it makes sense to merge the idea- especially as I don't have the school context ATM. - I'll add some stuff to the google doc.

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Thomas,
The design space at Autodesk has a full kitchen--they think of cooking and baking as the gateway to making.

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me too! I want to start a #bakerspace movement! 

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I see a lot of times design thinking is like reality tv or masterchef.  We come up with a challenge for ourselves and then mentors and people support and challenge us to improve.  This class is similar to such growth processes 

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Love the #bakerspace word!

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Lauren,
Great analogy!  The shows also add constraints like we do in design challenges to push creative thinking!

Photo of Uzo Agyare-Kumi
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Great idea.  It certainly reinforces the idea of community and engaging parents as part of the school family

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Loads of activities fit the bill- anything where both parties are inexpert and it is fun. Imagine the ideal second or third date and i think it's a similar sort of vibe.

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we should start a google doc on this idea! this activities could be the appetizer/break the ice component and the idea could evolve into stages. Shall we?

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OMG I love this idea! And it can work! Is like creating "passion projects". You can alternate from getting to know parents by cooking together, book club discussions, nature walk. Let's do this! We could have a menu of opportunities!

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Really cool idea!  And I don't even like to cook. ;)  i agree that "breaking bread" is a vey human experience that connects all of us. And we often just think of the eating piece, but I like how you mention the cooking itself gives us opportunities to fumble around a bit. How about trying to "play around" with this on a smaller scale in some way.  Or ask others in your community (parents, teachers, students) their thoughts. Maybe someone will even volunteer to host. ;)  Keep us updated on what happens next. :)