2. Pedagogy and Philosophy
Equity is both a means and an end in edible education. Our approach holds the possibility to address a number of student needs that are not met or reflected in traditional curriculum or pedagogical practice. This is particularly important for engaging students who face barriers to thriving in a traditional classroom setting.
Edible education connects the experience of school to the real, lived experiences of our students.
We believe that a student’s experience is critically important to their ability to learn. When students feel safe, happy, seen, respected, and excited about their work, they engage and learn much more fully. As we plan lessons, articulating how we want students to feel in the space is as important as defining our learning objectives or developing lesson content.
This does not mean that discomfort has no place in our classrooms. We believe that taking risks is a vital part of development – making mistakes and having the opportunity to get hurt in small ways are the foundation of keeping us safe later in life.
But at every step of the way, our approach aims to make sure that everyone involved – teachers, students, and volunteers alike – get the most out of their time together through building a strong classroom culture based on collaboration, mutual respect, and equity.