This week’s Cameo Blog Post is from Kaitlyn O.! Kaitlyn gives a recap of our field trip to Pie Ranch – what a great experience we had! Please check out her overview of our class last week and feel free to comment on her website!
My Sports Medicine class had the pleasure of visiting Pie Ranch in Pescadero, Ca. While it was a bit of a harrowing trip down there (BIG storm, downed trees, overturned cars…), the rain didn’t put a damper on our experience. There is an amazing operation happening on this farm and I highly suggest visiting to hear about all the amazing programs offered! Pie Ranch is not only doing a lot of good in the community, but they are a picture of sustainability, community and education. Oh and the pie is delicious! Hear more about their mission here.
The purpose of our visit was to kick start our unit and semester project on nutrition. Alex Villegas (Youth Programs Manager) guided us through the property and educated students on the inner-workings of the farm. Students got the whole farm-to-table experience and even did a little cooking of their own! Check out the video below of David Stockhausen (Culinary Arts Program Manager and Chef Educator) showing the students how to put together their empanadas (with 99% of the ingredients coming from the farm!):
The Sports Medicine students created 90 second videos to share their experiences at Pie Ranch. I invite you to view their videos (links below) and comment on their websites!
I am taking a stab at the Google Certified Innovator application and one of the prompts inspired me to write about how I have transformed my practice in recent years. While this is a loaded question and I could go on for days, I wanted to share my quick response (restricted to 1,000 characters – lucky you!). It doesn’t got into specifics, but I share how focusing on integrating technology in a meaningful way into my curriculum has changed my overall view on what it means to be a teacher. It also credits my fabulous colleague, Rebecca Girard, for getting me started down this path…
Rebecca Girard and Myself
“I refer to my colleague, Rebecca Girard, as my EdTech Sensei. Three years ago she encouraged me to dive into the wonderful world of integration of meaningful technology into my curriculum. Since then, I have been engrossed in all things EdTech and inspired by the large community of teachers who work everyday to improve their students’ school experience. This couldn’t have come at a better time as I was right around the teacher ‘5 year itch’. I was in need of some inspiration and reinvigoration of my practice. I have never been so inspired and passionate about what I do than I am today. Since then, I have approached my teaching and classroom through a different lens. While content knowledge is still very important to me, my number one priority it to best prepare my students for college and beyond – for the careers that don’t exist yet. A wonderful side-effect of this change in direction is that I have a lot more compassion and empathy towards my students and their individual strengths”