Group 1 - The Hosts:
The following are the 5 areas of focus:
1. Behind scenes preparation.
4. On site clean up.
5. Behind the scenes clean up.
1. Behind the scenes preparation: Work with Group 1 to decide what they will serve at the tea party, how much of each item is needed, etc. Discuss items that they will need for the table, clean up, etc. Create a check list.
2. Presentation: Talk about who will set the table, serve the food and drink, provide refills (if they will be offered), what will be used in case of spills, etc. Create a check list.
3. Engaging: Part of any party is the host joining the guests for socialization. Review the expected rules for that time (no yelling, napkins on laps, sitting at the table, etc.) and when the hosts will join their guests.
4. On site clean up: Create a list of what needs to be removed from the guest’s table, where it will be taken, what will be done with each item and who will do each task.
5. Behind the scenes clean up: Who will put away unused foods and drinks, wash the dishes, sweep the floor, wipe the tables, return food, drink, plates, etc. to the proper places. Create a check list for this too.
The preparation stage is where the teacher will be interacting with the students the most. Creating the check lists to aid the students and cooperatively deciding roles for the tea party are keys that enable the students to carry out this party with little or no complications. However, if problems do arise these are wonderful learning opportunities for problem solving and planning evaluation. Once the discussions have occurred, jobs have been decided and lists have been created let the students take it from here.
The environment has been prepared and the students will learn by exploring what has been created and manipulating the items there. Allow them to pour the juice, serve the snack, clean up, etc. by themselves. Mistakes are to be expected, hold back from fixing mistakes or forseeing them. Let the students learn on their own unless a safety issues exists.