Thankfully you can’t overheat it to bitterness like collard greens. Unfortunately if the kids don’t know that it’s not the bitter greens they have tried before then they won’t eat them. I didn’t hear anyone in the cafeteria saying, “Hey guys, today it’s a new veggie called spinach. Try a mouthful!”
I ate the pear, but I couldn’t eat the “soft” breadstick. I’m not sure it’s giving me anything nutritionally.
I enjoy getting the kids up at the board (usually two at once) and sitting in a chair a few feet away and asking them some questions “quiz-style.” Even the act of just standing on your feet for a little while might be all it takes to get a student refocused to learn. Plus they love to write on the board and “pretend” to teach me. My style is “child-centered” versus “teacher-centered.” I present something and I’m hoping to elicit creativity and lots of language out of them. I am not from the “old school” where teachers do all the talking and direct everything. The “I’m talking and you need to be quiet and sit in your seat!” There is time and place for that certainly. I just know that I have to change things up so that kids don’t start fading and tuning me out. They must be motivated to learn or else it’s just rote drudgery.