As a teacher, my job is not only to educate students in the curriculum, but to help them build their character and work ethic. This is hard in Grade 3.
I don’t know if you remember back to Grade 3, but the mantra of my students must be
“Let me get done my work as fast as possible, forgetting all the important stuff and lacking any care, so I can somehow have some sort of imaginary free time that I will never actually get”
Over the last few weeks, this has come out even more than usual (…must be Spring…) and I have been working harder to squash it.
This was very clear in one conversation I had with a little boy in my class
He brought his Animal Life Cycles final poster project to my desk and said he was done. (Please note that I had sent him BACK to his desk about 10 times to fix various things from “Those are not complete sentences” to “Where are the capital letters at the beginning of your sentences?” to “I cannot read your writing…how can I mark it if I cannot read it?”)
I held it up to him and said ” Do you think this is your best work?”
His eyes got wide and I could see that he was quite concerned that if he didn’t answer this question in the right way he could be in trouble.
If he said it was (which we both knew it wasn’t) it would be a lie, and if he said no, he would have to redo it, which he DID NOT WANT TO DO.
I let him squirm for a minute and then looked at him and said “I’m not going to make you redo it, I just want to know what you think.”
He actually let out a sigh of relief.
But this was the best part…he looked at me and said, “Mrs. Skinner, I think the information is my best work, but I think I could have slowed down and made it neater. And I think I need to think more about capitals at the beginning of my sentences…I always forget that.”
My heart was full.
It was a great afternoon with my class. I have been quite hard on them and expected even more, but they rose to the occasion and we celebrated with a little dance to the door at the end of the day.
There was not a lot of time to revel in my day because tonight’s dinner took FOREVER (ok, not literally) to make. I must have been completely distracted by the coconut when I read this recipe because, I would have never chosen something so time consuming.
It started last night when I made the marinade for the chicken. In a bowl I placed
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- cracked black pepper
- one small thinly slice onion
- Chicken breasts
When I got home today, I cooked the chicken for about 20 minutes in a cast iron pan to get that nice sear and caramelization on it.
While the chicken was cooling, I mixed the following in another bowl.
- about 1 cup diced yellow onion
- about 1 cup diced green onion
- about 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- one small hot chili, seeded and diced
- about 1/4 cup fresh squeeze lemon juice
When the chicken was cooled, I chopped it up and added it to the coconut mixture.
Then I had to let it sit in the fridge to let the flavors combine for about an hour (oh my gosh…an hour? Who has that time?)
I served this with warm, buttered naan bread (mmmmmm….naan bread and butter)
The verdict- This was SO GOOD! Well worth the extra time and effort to make. It has an onion-y, tart, sweet kind of flavor. The marinade on the chicken is divine and the chili gives it a good amount of kick. And who doesn’t love warm, buttery bread? It goes great with everything. I will totally make this again, and next time I will be sure to make more because Andrew just couldn’t get enough.