In this section, you will learn strategies for running a successful Cooking Matters course.
You will find information and tools for:
- Teaching with a team of instructors
- Managing time well
Why are Cooking Matters courses taught by a team of instructors?
Team teaching, used as a component of our six-week courses, offers the following benefits:
- Creates a dynamic learning environment
- Draws from multiple real-life experiences
- Allows educators to reinforce each other’s messages and offer different perspectives
- Offers a variety of instructor styles/personalities
How do you do it? Watch the following videos to see team teaching in action:
How are Cooking Matters courses organized and managed?
A lot goes into each Cooking Matters course. Your local program coordinator has a large role in orchestrating all of the moving parts, but you will also have an important role in making sure each class runs smoothly.
Watch the following video to learn strategies for organizing a class:
Practice creating a class timeline HERE
As the class instructor, don’t be afraid to ask participants to help!
You should encourage participation from start to finish. Making it hands-on really gives participants a chance to test their new knowledge and will help you keep the class running smoothly. Ask them to volunteer to help, stir, chop, and mince. You want to create an environment for participants where they know they’ll be working hands-on.
To know how long things will take, try recipes on your own before class.
That way you’ll know what you want to prepare in advance or when to substitute different ingredients. It shows when you make a recipe for the first time in front of the class.
- “Teaching Your First Cooking Matters Class” training video
- “Teaching Tips…A Chef’s Perspective” training video