Communication skills and team building through practical food education.

 

Cooking and Communicating Together

The aim of this activity is to teach pupils about the importance of good communication skills through cooking. The emphasis will be on differentiating between:

 

Non – verbal communication e.g. eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, gestures, touch etc)

Verbal communication e.g. appropriate language, listening, asking questions, prompts, turn taking, pace of conversation).

I initially did this lesson with a Health and Social Care class but it could be used effectively as a team building activity too in Food lessons or PSHE lessons. This lesson pushed my pupils completely out of their comfort zone but helped them understand the importance of good communication skills and also to understand that people learn in different ways.

 

Task

You will work in a group of 4/5 to make Tomato and Basil Tartlets.

Each of you will have a different role and each of you must produce at least one tartlet independently.

 

You will have all the equipment and ingredients you need to complete the task on a white tray.

 

You can guide each other but you cannot do the work for another person.

You must work together to help each other understand how to prepare/cook the tartlets.

They must be in the oven in 15 minutes.

 

You must work together to tidy up.

 

  • Facilitator – will have an idea how to make the tartlets and will explain to others her knowledge. She must involve others and try to be as clear as possible.

 

  • Reader – This person will have access to the recipe and can read it out to help the group understand the instructions. She cannot allow others to read the recipe

 

  • Speechless – this person is not aloud to utter a word during the activity and must rely on other forms of communication to help make the tartlets.

 

  • Lack of hearing – This person will wear earplugs. They will not be able to hear fully so will rely on other methods of communication during the activity.

 

  • Lack of sight – This person will wear an eye mask during the activity. They will rely on other senses to understand and to become involved in the activity.

 

Cooking Together and Communication Skills

 

Self – Reflection

 

Name ___________________

 

Role in activity ____________________

 

 

Non – verbal communication e.g. eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, gestures, touch etc)

Verbal communication e.g. appropriate language, listening, asking questions, prompts, turn taking, pace of conversation)

 

Which types of communication did you use during this activity? Did you rely on some types more than other? Explain.

 

Describe any barriers to effective communication that existed in this activity? E.g. language differences, emotional barriers, interpersonal skills,

Did you do anything to overcome these barriers? What could you do?

 

Do you think you communicated effectively with others during this activity? Explain

your answer fully.

How did you feel during this activity? (e.g. nervous, anxious, uncertain, confident, assertive, happy, enthusiastic) Why do you think you felt this way?

 

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Feel free to comment or email me at foodandhealthteacher@hotmail.com if you would like to discuss this blog further.

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