Review: 'The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, Make Math Meaningful'

posted Sep 6, 2017, 6:58 AM by Jeffrey Jones

Laney H.S. Math Teacher extraordinaire shared a Book a review of 'The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, Make Math Meaningful' by  John Stevens & Matt Vaudrey

"These two former teachers transform the classroom into a restaurant and students into your sous chefs in an effort to correspond aspects of our craft into something with which we (and they as students) can relate.

From appetizers, main entrees, side dishes, and desserts, these guys have a "multi-course meal" planned for jazzing up your math classroom.

Risk taking is encouraged, with many humorous anecdotes of their own personal experience to match (this was my favorite part).

Resources are plentiful and would require minimal work on the reader's part to retrieve and implement if desired.

The only draw back, in my opinion, is the practicality of implementing some of their suggestions in such large class sizes as we experience.

If you're looking for a fresh, out-of-the-box perspective, then this is a great read for you. :)"

Thanks to Ms. Barnard for sharing her book review with us.
Anyone else interested in sharing one, please let me know!

Books by Teachers for Teachers - source: Matt Miller

posted Oct 13, 2016, 10:02 AM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 10:22 AM ]

Matt Miller posted "20 books by teachers, for teachers to inspire your teaching"  
If you see one in particular you'd like in the Media Center, let me know - jeffrey.jones2

Some emphasis that I see in the list...

Creativity - Fine Arts
  • Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student
  • The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
  • The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, Make Math Meaningful
Using Google Products in the Classroom
  • 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom
Social Media and P.R. tips for teachers
    • 140 Twitter Tips for Educators: Get Connected, Grow Your Professional Learning Network and Reinvigorate Your Career
    • Your School Rocks... So Tell People! Passionately Pitch and Promote the Positives Happening on Your Campus
Classroom Management
    • The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom
Engaging Students
    • Instant Relevance: Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons
    • Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level
    • Kids Deserve It! Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking
    • The Writing on the Classroom Wall: How Posting Your Most Passionate Beliefs about Education Can Empower Your Students, Propel Your Growth, and Lead to a Lifetime of Learning
    • Several 'Pirate' books on his list discuss engaging students with a variety of concepts: Toys, Games, and Comics, Gamification, Game-Inspired Course Design, Student Collaboration

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