Always looking for ways to make education real, this morning I made a batch of raspberry chocolate chip meringue cookies. How does this make education real? Well, I’m using them as a model for a demonstration speech exercise in Public Speaking class. My students may create something live for us or may prep it at home and talk us through it via photos or video. Since I am not adept at video, I took some photos and the cookies are in the oven. Each student will get a cookie at the conclusion of my speech.
I’ve also used these cookies as an example of researching and putting a paper together. To me, research is like developing a recipe. The facts gathered from research are the ingredients and the paper is the instructions and the finished product. People understand the recipe concept, even if your best cooking effort is ramen. One still has to boil water, then add the noodles and seasoning packet.
Where do the memories come in to play? I shall explain. When I was a kid, an older couple lived across the street from us. My brother and I regularly raked leaves and shoveled for them. It was something we did without being asked. Our reward was usually a shiny quarter each but also a coffee can, back in the day when a coffee can was metal and a full 16 oz., full of the most wonderful cookies. They were pink, fluffy and contained chocolate chips! We loved them. As the years went by, my mom finally asked our neighbor for the recipe. I’m so glad she did. Even though variations of this recipe may be found online, none of them carry this special memory. These cookies are a staple for us whenever a special occasion beckons. Thank you, Dot Carroll, for providing this lasting memory!