Kitchen Habits of Mind
30-50 min
Experimenting and reflecting are important parts of learning to cook. Your mindset (how you think about something) impacts how we approach our time in the kitchen. Here are some kitchen habits of mind that can help you reflect and experiment as you cook: embrace failures as learning opportunities, stay curious, observe using all of your senses, and know when to challenge yourself and when to ask for help. In this lesson, you will read about these kitchen mindsets in preparation to start cooking
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 
  • Practice reflective thinking and responding.
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Teaching Notes: 
  • If students are completing this lesson as part of the kitchen curriculum Cooking with Curiosity: Challenging Perfection with Reflection this lesson is 1.1: The first lesson of Unit 1.
  • The kitchen habits of mind can also be treated as group agreements. The teacher can encourage students to keep returning to these habits of mind throughout the lessons.
  • In a classroom setting, this lesson could utilize a jigsaw format, in which students split up the habits of mind within small groups, discuss and report back to the large group.
  • For sections that instruct students to READ, you can record yourself reading aloud and send it to students. Direct them to read along with the recording. This is a helpful strategy for differentiating learning that supports all students, especially English Language Learners
  • Some lesson plans are formatted as a fillable PDF so that students can answer the questions and return the document as if it were a worksheet. We recommend testing this functionality with your technology as it varies by device and operating system. If it does not work for you, consider using a google form or having students answer the questions in a new document and submitting their answers to you that way.