Sharing my experience in the classroom as a life skills special education transition teacher and providing resources and solutions for fellow educators.

Soft Skills in Special Education Using Conover's Workplace Readiness functional life skills how to teach life skills teacher experience transition Feb 15, 2022
A speech pathologist shared with me recently that Google conducted a study and found that of the top 8 reasons people are most successful at work, the first 7 reasons were soft skills (read: nothing to do with the worker’s capacity to do the actual job at hand). If you aren’t...
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How To Teach: Where to Store Food and Read Expiration Dates functional life skills how to teach life skills teacher experience transition Feb 14, 2022
Importance of Food Storage and Expiration Dates
Helping unload the family groceries and putting the food safely away can be a BIG help to caregivers. Also, detecting mold and knowing not to eat it can keep students safe from sickness. So, knowing where to store food and how to read expiration...
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How To Teach: Kitchen Safety functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers transition Feb 07, 2022
Importance of Kitchen Safety
The kitchen is now the heart of the home. So, your students are likely in and out of their family kitchen multiple times a day, to grab a quick snack, eat a meal, or get a drink of water. However, the kitchen CAN have many hazards that could put students at risk...
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Why I Prefer Teaching Transition Over High School life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Feb 01, 2022
I remember squating in front of a student’s desk in a high school math class where I was a co-teacher reviewing absolute value with them and how to apply it to different problems. I thought to myself, ‘they are probably never going to use this in their entire lives and yet, I must...
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How To Teach: Table Manners functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Jan 31, 2022
Importance of Meal Manners
While you may think manners only happen at the ‘dinner table,', meals can happen anywhere. However, regardless of if your student eats at a dinner table, a pop-up tray, on the floor, or at a restaurant high-boy, they need to know what to do at each point...
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How To Teach: Packing Skills & Keeping a Wallet or Purse functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers transition Jan 24, 2022
Importance of Packing and Wearing or Using a Wallet or Purse
As students become teenagers and young adults, being able to hold their own things shows a level of independence. Holding on to a bag and keeping the bag with them as they move from one environment to the next will allow them to...
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How To Teach: Self Advocacy Skills functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers transition Jan 17, 2022
Importance of Self Advocacy
Adults advocate naturally constantly throughout their day, we just don’t come right now and announce that we are doing it (however, we really should). Therefore, advocating for yourself is not something that is typically modelled for our students on a...
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How To Teach: Cleaning A Room functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Jan 10, 2022
Importance of Cleaning a Room
Some people are born with the need to have things clean and orderly and others...just aren’t. However, learning to keep a room clean (like a bed room or dorm room) is a useful skill. Not only will students increase their feeling of accomplishment because it...
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How to Prepare Students (and Families) for Life After Special Education govt and community benefits special education teachers teacher experience transition Jan 04, 2022
You may or may not have started counting down the days until summer break, but if it feels within reach to you then you know your students and young adults are feeling it too.
 
Students and families start to feel that final countdown stress probably before you do. They know the bus...
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Meaningful Homework for Students In Life Skills (Special Education) functional life skills life skills special education teachers transition Dec 15, 2021
It never fails, one family each year on my caseload requests that I send homework for their student to practice after school and on the weekends. I completely agree when families ask for ways for their students to practice the skills they have learned in school at home.
 
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How To Teach: Phone Skills functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacherspayteachers transition Dec 13, 2021
Importance of Phone Skills
Answering and talking on the phone may be a life line in the case of an emergency. Making a phone call may be necessary to set-up a doctor's appointment. Texting may be the best way to communicate with a manager or supervisor. Phone skills are important for our...
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How To Teach: Doing The Dishes functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacherspayteachers transition Dec 06, 2021
Importance of Doing the Dishes
If you eat, you create dirty dishes. Since we all eat, about 3 times a day, we are bound to create at least 10 dirty dishes. Washing dishes comes with enjoying the meal, it is a part of the process.
 
Teaching your students how to ‘do the...
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Technology I Use as a Special Education Transition Teacher special education teachers teacher experience transition Dec 01, 2021
If you teach special education, then you know technology can really be both your best friend and worst enemy. Below I’ve listed my favorite technology websites, features, and programs and I’m a harsh critique as I have a list of the technology that falls under Worst Enemy.
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How To Teach: Laundry Skills functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Nov 29, 2021
Importance of Doing Laundry
Washing, drying, and hanging clothes is a mundane chore that will truly never end. Students can greatly increase their self confidence by learning how to sort clothes, start the washer, flip clothes, unload the dryer, and fold and hang. Laundry also incorporates...
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Book Recommendation for Special Education Transition Teachers special education teachers teacher experience transition Nov 16, 2021
One thing that came from the recent pandemic for me was time to read and I’ve made a conscious effort to continue the practice as the world began to open up.
 
While I may not have nearly the amount of free time now that I did back then, I still found time to read and learn.
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How To Teach: Cleaning Skills functional life skills how to teach life skills teacherspayteachers transition Nov 14, 2021
Importance of Learning How to Clean
Cleaning is a great way for students to maintain their own space AND contribute to their home, no matter if they live with family or in the community. Cleaning skills also cross over into just about every vocational job, so it’s a worthy skill for...
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How To Teach: Time Management Skills functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers transition Nov 08, 2021
Importance of Time Management
Like it or not, being able to manage one’s time is a quality that is often judged. If you are late, then you are lazy, unaware, or unmotivated. If you are early then you are prepared, punctual, and responsible. Being able to manage time is a skill and it...
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Consumer Math Weekly Practice Resource consumer math special education teachers teacherspayteachers Nov 03, 2021
When something works well, there isn’t a need to fix it. However, when you can improve it and expand it, why not?
 
The Functional Weekly Practice worksheets are a big hit and a single page version is included in every Consumer Math Lesson Unit.
 
I was recently...
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How To Teach: Problem Solving Skills functional life skills how to teach special education teachers teacher experience transition Nov 01, 2021
Importance of Problem Solving
If, ‘Ow, looks like we have a problem to solve.’ isn’t a part of your teacher phrases, then consider adding it! An important step to living more independently and holding down a volunteer or competitive job is to be able to identify and solve...
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How To Teach: Email Writing and Management functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers transition Oct 25, 2021
Importance of Writing an Email
I hear families say over and over again that they wish their child could socialize with their peers in the evenings and on weekends. Teaching students how to email gives them an avenue to communicate with others. A student doesn’t need to be verbal to...
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