There is really nothing to be learned from this post--it's just a reminder to take a break from routine and enjoy some time with students in a new way. We baked mini pizzas in an outdoor oven that had been made by Eagle Scouts a number of years ago, that had really never been used. The shop teacher made a peel that fit the oven, so we could make pizzas. Another teacher made a wood fire and prepared nachos, mango salsa and other goodies with the students. It was part of an annual yearbook signing afternoon we call "Dandelion Day." Every school should have such a tradition---and the outdoor cooking was a successful new addition!
I worked last year with 4 year olds....and 7th through 12th graders. What could we all do? We painted papers... and chalked them, and textured them, and collaged them- you name it! We had stations around the room, used a timer and switched every five minutes or so. The next day we cut the papers we made...and tore them, and turned them into works of art. I have to say, there were so many results that I loved, and the students particularly enjoyed the stations.