Professional development for food and nutrition teachers

03 Nov 2019 Professional development for food and nutrition teachers image

Pictured: Pamela Stone, Waimea College and Annie Knight, Garin College at the Professional Development Seminar in Nelson

Teachers from Nelson, Marlborough and Buller attended a Professional Development Seminar at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) last Friday, which was organised by vegetables.co.nz and the Heart Foundation.

The attendees were Food and Nutrition teachers for Year 7 and 8 and secondary teachers in charge of Food Technology, Food and Nutrition, and Hospitality.

The seminar programme included:

  • Overview of the new Food Curriculum project resources
  • Nutrition and hot topics
  • Chef's demonstration and hands-on food session
  • Allergies and Food Intolerances
  • Resource sharing and naturally, a healthy lunch with plenty of vegetables.

Vegetables.co.nz resources are popular, with many of the teachers present already using the new curriculum project resources.

In 2016, Massey University Research showed Year 7 and 8 teachers wanted technology resources and professional development. In the past three years, vegetables.co.nz and the Heart Foundation have developed Unit Plans based on the Food Technology process, with assignments, resources and activities for both Year 7 and Year 8 teachers' toolboxes. These can be accessed from the middle of the home page of www.vegetables.co.nz.

By the end of November, 19 professional development seminars will have been held throughout New Zealand, from Whangarei to Invercargill. The seminars are being held at local tertiary training institutes.