Collaborative Cooking with German IV and ProStart II
German IV and ProStart II students worked together to cook a full German meal. Students had forty-five minutes to prepare their dishes: Hühnerschnitzel (Chicken Schnitzel), Rotkohl (Red Cabbage), Kartoffelsalat (German Potato Salad), Spätzle (Egg Noodles with Cheese) and Quarkspeise (dessert with fruit & Quark, a product that’s a cross between yogurt and sour cream).Tammy Getting and Laura Calvert, who both serve on the Waukee Community School District (WCSD) Diversity Leadership Team, collaborated on this project last year as well.
“We decided this would be a good way to share a cultural aspect of German class with the ProStart students, as well as allow the ProStart students to share their cooking expertise with the German students. There are a lot of wonderful foods and traditions within the German culture, and a lot of Iowans have German heritage, so this is a great way to educate and involve students,” Getting said.
Getting has been teaching German for twenty-three years, eighteen of which have been at Waukee High School. There are five levels of German offered at the high school. Levels four and five are offered for DMACC Concurrent Credit (8 credits per course).
In addition to the collaboration with ProStart II students during this cooking unit, students learned cooking vocabulary and how to convert measurements. About 300 students take German each year at Waukee High School.