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Como los estudiantes de Doulos usan los productos horneados para incentivar comunidad.

How Doulos Kids Use Baked Goods to Build Community

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Como los estudiantes de Doulos usan los productos horneados para incentivar comunidad.

Nuestro Coordinador de Vida Estudiantil, Curtis Powell cuenta la historia de algunos sorprendentes niños utilizando productos horneados para construir comunidad. Sólo una pequeña ruta de migajas (<— ves lo que hice allí;)) que conduce a una historia más grande que Dios está escribiendo aquí en Doulos.

Entra Curtis …

Ayer, 10mo  grado dirigió una venta de alimentos horneados. Fue otro ejemplo de que las “buenas cosas son salvajes” en Doulos.

Todo comenzó este fin de semana cuando nuestra estudiante de 10mo grado Janae enseñó a sus compañeros a hornear. Ella trabajó con el personal para reservar el comedor y pasó una buena parte de su sábado con los compañeros de clase mientras aprendían cómo hornear pasteles, trufas, brownies, dulce de azúcar y demás bondades azucaradas.

Ayer, cuando los alumnos de 10mo grado estaban vendiendo sus golosinas, se notaba que estaban tan orgullosos de su trabajo (como deberían estarlo, porque estos productos  horneados estaban DELICIOSOS…y yo conozco los productos horneados :)). Cuando me preguntaron quién hizo las trufas, Jeremías levanto la mano y orgullosamente gritó, “fui yo!”

Para tener un hombre joven en una cultura machista, anunciando acerca de sus habilidades de hacer trufa es algo divertido. Janae Entonces me dijo que ella entrenó a los chicos tan bien que ellos en realidad les enseñaron al profesor de sociales de intermedia Mr. Clark como hornear trufas más tarde ese mismo día.

Continuar la cadena de bendición. Me gusta eso.

Fue tan inspirador ver a Janae traer a sus compañeros de clase en conjunto para bendecir mientras bendecir a otros, usando productos de panadería como la plataforma para hacerlo.

Esta temporada de Acción de Gracias te animamos a traer a tu familia, para bendecirlos  al bendecir a los demás, continua la cadena de bendición, y (por supuesto) comer toneladas de productos de horneado!


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How Doulos Kids Use Baked Goods to Build Community

Our Student Life Coordinator, Curtis Powell tells the story of some pretty amazing kids using baked goods to build community. Just a small breadcrumb (<—see what I did there ;)) which leads to the larger story God is writing here at Doulos.

Enter Curtis…

Yesterday, 10th grade put on a bake sale. It was another example of “good things running wild” at Doulos.

It began this weekend when our 10th grader Janae taught her classmates how to bake. She worked with staff to reserve the comedor, and spent a good chunk of her Saturday with classmates as they learned how to bake pies, truffles, brownies, fudge, and other sugary goodness.

Yesterday, when the 10th graders were selling their treats, you could tell they were SO proud of their work (as they should have been, because these baked goods were DELICIOUS.. and I know baked goods). When I asked who made the truffles, Geremais’ hand shot up as he proudly yelled, “that was me!”

To have a young man in a machismo culture yelling about his truffle making skills is a cool thing. Janae then told me that she trained the boys so well that they acutally taught our HS social studies instructor Mr. Clark to bake truffles later that day.

Paying it forward. I dig that.

It was so inspiring to see Janae bring her classmates together to bless them while blessing others, using baked goods as the platform to do so.

This Thanksgiving season we encourage you to bring your loved ones together, bless them by blessing others, pay it forward, and (of course) eat tons of baked goods!

Why Expeditionary Learning?

What do a 3-year-old milking a cow, a 5th grader catching and studying live birds, and a high schooler participating in a social movement near the Dominican-Haitian border all have in common? They are all doing these things as fieldwork for expeditionary learning curricula at Doulos.

Our students’ expeditionary learning culminates at the end of each semester with an ‘Expedition Night’ that showcases the things they’ve learned that semester. Useful products, fieldwork, service projects, and thought leadership are put on display for all the local community to see and celebrate. For those who’ve witnessed this incredible night know that it’s a truly magical time on campus. (And those of us who have prepared for this night know that it’s truly a chaotic time on campus too!)

Why Expeditionary Learning? I’ve asked myself this question on multiple occasions. Between the cutest kindergartener puking on me in the bus, 5th graders trying to put toothpaste on my face as I slept, and cleaning infected toes on the trail, not to mention the fact that coordinating expeditions is a logistical nightmare with a dozen different grades interacting and needing trips to dozen different places to do a dozen different things- I’ve questioned the educational value of these expeditions.

The value of expeditionary learning is that learning and leadership cannot be fully grasped in a traditional education setting. John Le Carre surmised that, “sometimes…we have to do a thing to find out the reason for it.” We (not just students) need to take learning into our own hands and be allowed to take supervised and calculated risks, to try, fail, and try again, and learn intangibles like teamwork, overcoming adversity, pushing oneself physically, and simply doing hard things. That is our hope here at Doulos. Not simply to educate, but to help students truly learn.

Mark Twain is often cited as saying that he never let his schooling get in the way of his education. At Doulos we are constantly striving to push the kids to not only become educated in the traditional sense of the word, but to challenge the status-quo, learn by doing, and ultimately shift their paradigms to that of a servant leader. We encourage our students to live from the Truth that God is able to do far more than we could ever ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.

That is why we value expeditionary learning at Doulos. What about you?