Michael Pollan’s book “Food Rules” provided much inspiration to our food unit in Jeff’s math/science class(thanks Theresa McCann for the book!). Each of the 8 table groups was given one of the rules and a chance to discuss as a group, what they thought it meant to them.
Examples include, “Don’t eat food ingredients that a 3rd grader can’t pronounce” & “Avoid foods that you see advertised on television” & “Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and avoid the middle.”
All of these simple rules are meant as guidelines for being conscious consumers of food. These middle schoolers are thoughtful, intelligent teenagers who are educating themselves about the food that they eat and the impact it and they have on the world. There were so many conversations that allowed these students to shine in small groups and then come together as a large group to share their findings.