My students are notoriously bad at listening.
I’ve tried my usual tricks including reading stories about naughty kids who don’t listen and the perils that are associated with it.
I was hunting through our library and came across a book series that I love with a book I thought my kids just needed to hear.
We read the story and I spoke on and on (yes, sometimes I get on my soapbox and just rant a little) about the importance of listening.
I then continued to tell students how I could tell if they were listening or not and we proceeded to make a list of ways to show we were listening.
I went so far as to tell the kids (as an example) that if they were talking to me at my desk and I was looking at my computer, I probably wasn’t really listening all that carefully to what they were saying.
“Wouldn’t that make you feel frustrated??” I lamented.
Later on that day as I was busy getting something prepared under the document camera, a student came up to me and proceeded to start talking while my attention was focused elsewhere. Part way through the conversation, the student politely said to me “Mrs. Skinner, I don’t have your eyes…” (a phrase I use many, many, many times a day)
I guess the fall is hard when you teeter off that soapbox…
Tonight’s supper looks like a recipe that is tasty, comforting and easy to make.
I started by breaking up 8-9 lasagna noodles and cooking them according to the package.
While those were working I started the sauce. I chopped up an onion and let that cook down in some olive oil until it was soft.
I added in 1 can of drained mushrooms and a big dollop of minced garlic and let that cook another minute or two.
Next I added in a 29 oz can of diced tomatoes, 1/3 cup tomato sauce, salt, pepper and dried basil and let that cook until it has thickened up a bit (about 5-7 minutes).
I added in the cooked noodles and gave it a good stir.
Finally I added in a small container of ricotta cheese.
I gave it a good stir and then dumped the whole thing into a casserole dish and topped it with mozzarella cheese and a dash of Parmesan. I baked it a little until the top was golden and bubbly. This step is totally unnecessary, you can just top with the mozzarella and Parmesan and serve right out of the pan.
The verdict- This was good! You could add meat in if you are so inclined, but this was delicious and comforting just as it is. A great vegetarian option to add to our repertoire.