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Time for a break ; fast, let’s cook!

2022 | 04 | 21
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Cooking Session

in Pigiurvik’s kitchen

When we read about the Breakfast club initiative, we quickly understand the benefits children gain from eating a balanced breakfast every morning.

Starting my day in Pigiurvik school’s kitchen, I witnessed the value – aside from the nutritional one – of such initiative: Breakfast club was more than getting your belly a meal. From it rises a cooking activity, with students actively handling the delivered food.

Throughout baking fluffy muffins or making golden pancakes, kids share about how to plan and how to act as a group, from the first check mark done on the ingredient list to the “ready to be served” dish on a warm plate. The students, while supervised by their respective homeroom teacher, aren’t graded as this remains an unofficial class. Phew! There’s no reason therefore to fear failure after handing a burnt toast to the comrades.

What does a collective cooking session truly brings to the table? I thought it’d be interesting to highlight the sharing aspect of cooking and shortlist what it may potentially unlock in our way of learning:

1. Sharing tasks

« Is the aqpik pie ready? Only three minutes left? AWE-SOME! »   (/◕ヮ◕)/

Prior to the baking process, tasks had to be fulfilled in order to achieve a satisfying result ; Ingredients to buy and mix, crust to prepare and fill. Just like our homemade aqpik pie, a group project requires to be split – preferably into evenly sized slices – and then shared among the team. Let’s face it, dividing workload effectively often remains a challenge across our daily lives as adults. Thus, having kids tackle a project early on by breaking it down into tasks to be shared grants a better understanding of how important this entire process is.

2. Sharing knowledge and ideas

« Times up! No oven mitts around… how will I grab the pie? »   ¯\_(・へ・)_

It could be a simple yet helpful piece of advice that one kid transfers to another. Each advice is based on what children have initially learned according to their own observations or experiences. For instance, how to hold a knife or how to properly cut a specific fruit. To push the concept further, a student could get creative and manage to safely take out the aqpik pie from the oven, even if mitts are nowhere to be found. Would a kitchen towel do the trick? Ideas can strike any student’s mind and swiftly travel across the ears of an entire class. Overall, it’s about being more efficient as a whole, where everyone’s knowledge can grow from one’s shared input.

3. Sharing connections

« Is this slice for me? Oooo… Nakurmiik! »   (>^ ‿^)> <(^‿ ^<)

Far from carrying any romantic connotation, sharing a connection between one another is characterized by students cooperating in a fun and compassionate behavior. With the teacher’s help, a kid can soon realize how essential it is to not only include his peers during an activity, but also to have them feel comfortable enough to enjoy the project they’re part of. In my eyes, connecting with peers definitely does make the end result greater.

Kids are genuinely happy about cooking sessions. The smile seen on their faces speaks for itself, especially when that smile last the whole activity.

cooking session Students of Pigiurvik school, Salluit

Contemplating students work alongside their classmates, I really felt that everything listed above did grant the ability for the youth to sharpen up its working methods. Raising autonomous students who can show initiative. Able to develop useful life skills now for the sake of applying them with ease once adulthood is reached.

Accompanied by teachers, they get to interact in a positive environment where developing second language is favorable. Among the rest, they are taught safety when using kitchen appliances and cleanliness when washing hands and dishes. The access to cooking knowledge definitely belongs in school!