No, this post isn't about the Haddix novel Among the Hidden where junk food is illegal. It is about my own school district where food had become the enemy. our school district has put strict guidelines on the food we are allowed to have in the classroom if we are allowed to have any due to the pressure from the state guidelines.
-Movie with popcorn after reading the novel- NOPE!
-Teaching fractions while baking cupcakes-NOPE!
-Valentine cards with chocolates attached-NOT A CHANCE!
Now I am a fan of food. I have always used food in my fifth grade classroom as a treat and as an educational tool. Well not this year. We have had more discussions on what we are allowed to eat and when then we have had about our struggling students-ABSURD!
Remember this FUN and engaging Math activity- Pi Day Activities . Well, so do I but it seems as though it will be a distant memory soon as I am NOT ALLOWED to use food to teach.
Now I know many of you might agree with the "no food in school" insanity. And before you ask "yes there are other ways to teach these concepts". That, however is not the point! The point is, why is the government concerned with what is eaten on February 14th? When did popcorn become the enemy? And lastly, why isn't the answer to all these problem increased activity time (more PE and Recess) instead of no cupcakes? I believe that my government, my board of education, my administrators, my principal, and my colleagues and I have more important things to worry about.
One of my favorite activity of the year and a hot seller in our TPT store Pi Day Edible Centers is no more.
I'm just curious, has anyone else suffered the "food ban" in their classroom?
Please share your comments and pardon me as I go grab a celery stick and some humus.
A fan of food in the classroom,