Day 174: The One With the Field Trip to the Coldest Place on Earth

We are officially halfway through School Without Walls. I am co-teaching a course on healthy eating, along with three other teachers and an AMAZING local nonprofit which is helping our kiddos cook actual healthy food. There are 4 days of school left and only one of them is a full day.

Photo: The Opening

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Every year for the last two years, we’ve taken the kiddos on a field trip to Land’s End. Everyone brings (or tries to bring) food (someone’s mom woke up at 5am to make fruit salad, which was amazing), we do a picnic and then we do a bit of hiking. Our school is in the warmer part of the city, so I give my sweatshirts to a bunch of kiddos, watch them wear them and rotate them and eventually get them back, smelling of various teenage scents.

That being said, even four adults among 50 students is not quite enough. I don’t have any pictures from the actual field trip, I just have this photo of our opening, where students describe the food they brought and talk about something that surprised them about the course. It’s refreshing to hear so many students talk about the five food groups from MyPlate.

It is less refreshing to see the kiddos leave the following junk food in my room (consider this a failed formative assessment):

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That being said, you can probably guess what I snacked on all weekend…

Related but unrelated: contrary to popular opinion, the best way to start your 3-day weekend is not leaving your computer power cord at school.


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