→The class consists of 24 students (14 boys, 10 girls)
→The class is in a new composition
→The students are 5th class AHS, and therefore about 15-16 years old
→The students have various cultural backgrounds
As the students just came in this class and therefore, have new classmates, the project should take place at the beginning of the school year. This may help the students to get to know each other and make friends. Another reason for choosing this time of the school year is that there are no exams or tests.
I planned the project to take 3 hours at maximum. I think this is enough time to calm down and talk, but also not too much to take too many other lessons in which the students have different subjects.
The aim of this project is to combine the different cultures of the students. Students should, on the one hand, learn about typical food in different cultures, and on the other hand, what is much more important, get to know their classmates better. They are invited to try traditional food, and dive in the (food-) world of their mates and should in the best case realize, that although they have different cultures, they may like the same types of food.
Person in charge:
In general, I as their head-teacher am the person in charge. I will do the planning (together with the class, and check alone afterwards), talk to the Elternverein and present my project, and talk about it with the students later on, bzw. have a look at their texts/ pictures. However, on the project day, another teacher will support me.
The Elternverein will be the one to finance this project, as I do not want students to pay for it due to the fact that some may have financial problems at home. I do not want the students to get in an uncomfortable situation, to say they cannot afford it or to not participate due to lack of money.
The budget is about 50-60 euros.
I, as their head-teacher will spend one lesson beforehand, on planning the project together with the class, as I want them to be actively involved in the planning process already.
Before the project: →Every student of the class should tell, what he or she especially likes to eat for breakfast, and what they used to eat at home. I will take notes, in order to collect ideas.
→After that, we try to write down once everything mentioned, as some things will come up more often. It is rather essential for me to include everything that has been said, at least a small amount of it, in order to give everyone not only a voice, but also the feeling to be respected and important.
→Then, I will go through the list and ask the students to raise their hand if they would love to try this type of food, and take notes again. The outcome should be a shopping list with product and the amount of it.
→Given the information of how much we need of what, I split the class in groups of four. I will also split the shopping list, and give one part to each group. The task for them is, to calculate the money they would need in order to buy these things. I tell them to try to keep the budget rather low and say how much they can spend at maximum. They can use the internet and prospects from supermarkets, which I will bring with me.
I tell the students that I will bring a cake or muffins and at that point say, if someone wants to bring something, they are very welcome to do so, but no one has to.
→Afterwards, I collect these calculations and check them at home.
→One day before the project, students are asked to bring 1 glass, one plate, one fork, one knife and one spoon with them. I will bring a small gas-cooker, a tea and a coffee cooker and some wooden spoons. In order to be sure to have enough plates and glasses, I will bring some more.
Another teacher will help me on the day of the project, as the class needs to be divided again.
→Four to five people will go to the nearest supermarket together with me, while the rest of the class will set the tables and cook some coffee or tea already. I decided to only take a small amount of people with me, as I do not want them to split up in the supermarket. I want to buy it all together in order to always be sure they are fine, as I am responsible for their wellbeing.
→Then, back in school, the students will be divided in small groups and every group gets a task what to prepare. While some cut fruits, others cut vegetables or cook eggs.
→In order to have enough time to eat, and talk a little, I want the brunch per se to last for 50 minutes, up to an hour, depending on how much the students talk, and how fast they eat. It would be nice, if some students talk about their traditional food, or come up with personal stories, as through that, students get to know each other and each other’s backgrounds better. But no one is forced to do so.
→In the next step, I again divide students into groups of four. Each group gets a task what to do. Some do the dishes, others clean the tables and put them back in order.
→I will also try to portion the food and ask the students who wants to take something with him or her, as I do not want to throw away any food. I am aware of the fact that sometimes it may happen that more students want to take the same food with them, which is why I will decide who gets what. However, I want to be fair and try to split it fair.
After the project:
→In the next lesson, one or two days later, I will shortly talk with the students about how they liked the project. I do not want to do it on the same day, as I would like to give them time to think about it and probably also talk about it with family and friends.
→Students will get the task to either write a text, draw a picture, or they should feel free to come up with another way of telling me how they experienced the intercultural brunch. They should be able to be creative. The only aspect they need to convey in any form is, how they liked it and what they liked, what not, and why.