On the weekends I work at a small Italian restaurant on
The wait staff is made up of five people of whom three are teachers. Considering the lucrative field of education, its not surprising that teachers moonlight. But what is so attractive to working at a restaurant?
I think waiting tables is a lot like teaching. The dinning room is like our classroom. The specials decided by the kitchen are the mandated standards. Our job is to facilitate a meal. Sometimes I have to adapt my presentation of the specials for the visually impaired and the hard of hearing. Sometimes I have reluctant customers. Sometimes customers bring baggage from home and admittedly often I bring my own baggage. Usually the customers are respectful. Often times they are not. (IEPs of dinning)
I have to deal with many personalities and various demands of each table. Sharing appetizers is definitely group work. Members at tables often help each other out. (cooperative grouping)
The wait staff pools our tips. We help each other out. We respect each other and at the end of each night we sit and eat a meal together. (interdisciplinary teaming)
There is no exam, but each table leaves well fed. (project-based learning)
author's note......you thought this blog was supposed to be about QHST ....Well its the morning after Mother's Day. The resaurant was crazy last night. I'm tired and had no time to read anything yesterday.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Posted by W Brown at 6:15 AM