When I did the National Board process last year, it really made me evaluate my lessons. My biggest improvement was teaching through culture. Yesterday we learned about Telepizza in Spain. I have very fond memories of this place when I was in Spain, and I think the students picked up on my excitement.
We watched some commercials for Telepizza in Spain. They answered questions on whiteboards like “What is the special?”, “When are the specials?” and “How much?” They asked so many awesome questions about the culture like the way they write prices in Europe, the mopeds used for delivery, what a telephone tone sounds like and what a roundabout is. All this from a few commercials!
Next they looked at the website and the menu. I had a similar activity to Megan’s post yesterday specifically using words you would see on a menu. Again it was the curiosity about the culture that I loved. They thought the pizza topping combinations were very “different.” One girl was so excited to see Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and then shocked to see their selection of side dishes. We talked about Coca Cola Light and Fanta.
Even though the goal was to learn about ordering from menus, the culture is what they were still talking about today. Isn’t appreciation for another culture just as important?!