You never forget your first job. My professional journey began as a waitress in the hospitality industry, fresh out of high school and new to the working world. But before I headed to University to study education, I was already having experiences that would appear in my lesson plans.
On my first shift, I was completely shocked at the amount of food that was wasted. We were serving a buffet lunch and dish after dish of half eaten platters were removed from the buffet table and dumped in to the rubbish. Even more mind-boggling was the fact that there was a homeless shelter only a few minutes' walk away. Yet when I asked my supervisor why food could not be donated, they explained that the company would be held liable if anything were to go wrong.This is the same argument that supermarkets make regarding the unsold food that they throw out.
I was intrigued when I learnt that France was proposing a ban that would stop supermarkets from wasting unsold food. I could also see the relevance of this event for my learners, who receive free fruit, milk and Weetbix. I asked my learners what they thought would happen to food that was not sold and found that it sparked great dialogue. One of my learners believed that the food must be eaten by the workers, explaining that it didn't make sense for edible food to be thrown away. This engagement meant that the ban would be a suitable topic to use for further discussion; I could not justify teaching a topic that did not interest my learners.
I chose to use this topic to create my lessons around for the MDTA current event website. We have spent some time over the last few sessions designing and creating a website that would contain lessons around current events that other teachers could facilitate. It took some battling with HTML, but I am now far more knowledgeable about web design than I was before undertaking this project.
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I am really looking forward to facilitating the lessons that I have planned around this current event with my learners next week. I will reflect on this teaching and make any edits to my lesson plan that I feel would benefit others, should they wish to use my webpage.