Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Nutrition Voyage

So this year I decided to try out a new Curriculum, Nutrition Voyage with a class of 7th grade students.  It is a Team Nutrition Curriculum.

To start, I am not staff at the school. I come from an outside organization to hold a 1 hour nutrition class during the after school program time 3-4pm.  There is always staff on site, however I am to lead the lesson.

As part of the First Trek, the students are expected to keep a food diary.  The main problem with this was that seeing as I am only at the school the one day a week to teach for that one hour, I wasn't able to remind the students or follow up with them on their tracking.  Thankfully, my fellow educator Laura foresaw that some students may forget to fill it out so she made a sample Food Diary to use. The students were incredibly confused, had no idea how to fill in the page

Laura was to lead my next few classes, and felt like it was too difficult to continue and so she moved on to a couple of direct one-times, some of our go to curriculum. Blubber Burger, Rethink your drink type thing. She also spoke with the coordinator about how to make things work better in the future.

When I returned I was determined to try at least once more with the students

1. Because I am very stubborn
2. I think everyone deserves the opportunity to learn, and the more difficult it is, the better it feels when you do accomplish it.

So I focused on taking on the Second Trek, in which we are too conduct a survey of other students, then analyze and graph the data, and eventually create a poster board.  I split that into three days when we would be together and the end product was this

I feel as if the students really pulled together to gather the data, analyze and graph it, and eventually decorate and creat a poster to show the results of their survey.  It was very rewarding to see the end product and the quality of work these students are capable of when they put their minds to it. So overall, unless you can help them track their meals with the first track, I may advise to move onto the second track so they have something to show for it at the end of the sessions.

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