In Language Arts class, we’re studying poetry. One of our poems mentioned nasturtium flowers, so I was saying to the students that they are edible and tasted kind of spicy… a little like a radish. One of the students said: “What’s a radish?” I asked the class if they had ever tasted a radish. Only one student thought maybe he had a long time ago.
I LOVE when this happens – when my students aren’t familiar with something that I do know about. It could be food, it could be a historical reference, a joke, a song, an urban legend. I love talking about it all. I think “shared culture” is a big deal. The more we know in common, the more we’re connected.
I brought radishes in to class for the kids to taste. They didn’t like them. That’s ok… more for me!