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One of the best ways to teach is by example.
Students will believe what their teacher says if they know he eats good food
and cleans his teeth.
The reverse is also true. Learning is harder when students know that their
teacher does not do those things himself.
Students can be a good example for their community, too. They can:
• draw pictures of foods that are both good and bad for teeth. Use them
to make posters and flannel-board stories.
• make puppets and plays to discuss ways people can become healthier.
There are some other ways to make learning meaningful and fun.
1. Make a garden at school. Divide the ground so that each class has its
own space to plant a garden.
Use some of the garden’s food to prepare a meal for the students,
perhaps once a week. Students can bring food from home if there is
not enough ready in the garden.
2. Organize a school lunch program. Each day the students can bring
some good food from home. Cooked yams, or maize, nuts, fruit and
fresh vegetables are all good. Often the students will exchange food
and talk about the many different foods that can be grown locally.