Our third annual film festival is coming up. Our kids put together this trailer to help encourage some last minute participates. It was done with Wevideo.com which has been instrumental to helping our students collaborate.
My favorite unit to teach in social studies is about the world's food supply. Each year I take my 11th grade students, who have never planted a seed before, to a local farm so they can learn about farming. After they see how "cool," sustainable, and profitable it can be, they gain some interest . We start form one of the earliest lessons I can ever remember, planting a seed. they take it home and take care of it, like they would with a baby in health class. Once it germinates, they bring it back and find a place to plant it on our 6th floor garden. However, they have to get dirty doing it, something they are just not use to.
This global issues class started without a curriculum. Since then we have adopted some reading from Cengage and National Geographic to help build the unit. But the best thing we did was build our own garden on our school rooftop.
Lady bug was a great place to learn about all these plants and vegetables. They even did a good hands on training with the kids in English. The kids learned how to plant, nourish and harvest their own vegetables. Our kids were then able to come back and teach what they learned to the younger kids. Educational programs like this in Vietnam are rare. They have since sold their business and the buyer relocated to a much smaller facility. I am hoping this year we can find an alternative to ladybug here in HCMC.
You can watch a video put together by the students documenting the building of our urban garden. For safeguarding purposes, all these images were taken from already publish school photos on our school website and youtube channel.
One of the few luxuries I miss about life back West are homemade pancakes. Iv'e stumbled across a few good egg sandwich shops and proper English breakfast joints, but hardly ever do I find a good pancake. There was one location in District 2 called Villa Song that does good french toast and pancakes. This place has a view beside the river that's to die for, but at 160,000 VND (8 USD) plus a coffee and some sides, you leave there with a 15 USD breakfast. To me, that's unacceptable in Vietnam. I wouldn't pay $15 for eggs in the US. Not to mention the Vietnamese would think your crazy to spend that when you can have a perfectly good plate of com suan (rice and pork) for 35,000 VND ($1.50) pretty much anywhere,
A while back I read an article in one of the local magazines about the top breakfast spots in Saigon. For so long I couldn't find this place. I knew it was in Da Kao, and at the time I lived in Da Kao. Every weekend I drove around looking for this place. I forgot the name, the street and I couldn't find the article for the life of me. Then one day I went to a Cu Gach cafe, which is obvious from the side of the road. I noticed tucked back down a hem (alley) was a glowing little entry ( it glowed in my mind) and a sign that said "Bunker."
Since that day Bunker has been my go to pancake and weekend breakfast spot. They have lots on the menu to offer. They even started doing bottomless pancakes for 100,000 VND. ($5). Can't beat it! Good for a couple and small groups. Seating inside and out. Wait staff is awesome and bottomless coffee makes the conversation go round.
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