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

How to Teach: Using the Bathroom (Toileting) and Handwashing functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Aug 09, 2021
Importance of Teaching- Bathroom/Toileting Skills and Washing Hands
The human body needs to relieve itself multiple times throughout the day, thus toileting skills are a necessary part of anyone’s day. Since handwashing occurs most frequently after using the bathroom (as well as before...
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Transition Student and Family Journey To Securing Benefits, Supports, and Services functional life skills govt and community benefits special education teachers teacher experience transition Jun 01, 2021

Out of respect for individual young adult students and their families that I work with, this story is a fictional story based on common experiences.

 
 
Jakeel’s IEP annual review was about 6 weeks away and I reached out to the parent to set-up an informal transition meeting...
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How to Explain SSI to Parents of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities govt and community benefits life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition May 25, 2021
‘We can support them financially, we don’t need the money.’
 
‘Wow, that care and programming is really expensive. I’m so used to the school providing those services.’
 
‘I think we will worry about that later. Let’s focus on...
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Government Benefits and Your Transition Student: SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, and Medicaid Waiver functional life skills govt and community benefits how to teach life skills special education teachers transition May 18, 2021
Connecting young adults with disabilities with the right supports, services, and benefits is KEY to success after they accept their diploma and leave transition services. If you are newer to teaching life skills or transition, then you may need an overview of what ‘supports, services, and...
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I Wish I Would Have Known This as a New Transition Teacher govt and community benefits special education teachers teacher experience transition May 11, 2021
I would say it was my first or second year teaching transition when I heard one of my fellow teachers mention 'SSI.' They were curious what the difference was between SSI and SSDI. As you might assume, I was unaware and thought it didn’t apply to me.
 
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Is this Functional Life Skills Curriculum right for you and your students? functional life skills life skills special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers transition May 01, 2021
After having taught functional life skills to transition age students with intellectual disabilities, autism, down syndrome, and a range of other disabilities for 6+ years, I felt confident creating structured and consistent lesson units (from scratch) that would meet the needs of all students....
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Top 5 IEP Transition Plan Parent Assessments functional life skills life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Apr 25, 2021
It’s that special day that everyone remembers so vividly, including you, the parent or guardian, and the student- the day the student turns 14 AND A HALF years old.* It’s commemorated in so many ways, because a half birthday when you are 14 is totally a big deal.* Thank goodness...
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How to Teach College Tuition and Class consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Apr 17, 2021
Our LAST topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach College Tuition and Classes. Read more about why and how you can teach College Tuition and Classes using my College Class and Tuition Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).
 
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How to Teaching Car Buying consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Apr 10, 2021
Our next topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach Car Buying. Read more about why and how you can teach Car Buying using my Buy a Car Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).
 
 

Purpose of Teaching Car Buying

If your students are in high school or have...
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How to Teach Public Transportation consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Apr 03, 2021
Our next topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach Public Transportation. Read more about why and how you can teach Public Transportation using my Public Transportation Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).
 
 

Purpose of Teaching Public Transportation

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How to Teach Trip Planning consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Mar 27, 2021
Our next topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach Trip Planning. Read more about why and how you can teach Planning a Trip using my Plan A Trip Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).
 
 

Purpose of Teaching Trip Planning

Students are typically asked to...
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How to Teach Time Management consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Mar 13, 2021

Our next topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach Time Management. Read more about why and how you can teach Time Management using my Time Management Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).

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Creating a Schedule for Life Skills: How to Figure Out What to Teach and When to Teach It functional life skills life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Mar 06, 2021
Are you fresh out of college and just accepted your first job teaching life skills at the high school or transition level? Or, was your department chair so impressed with your skills that they want you to bless the students in the functional foundations classroom with your talents? Either way,...
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How to Teaching Estimating Skills consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Feb 27, 2021
Our next topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach Estimation. Read more about why and how you can teach Estimating using my Estimate Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).
 
 

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How to Teach Filing Your Taxes consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Feb 20, 2021
Our next topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach Filing Taxes. Read more about why and how you can teach Filing Your Taxes using my Filing Taxes Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).
 
 
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Boom Cards: How to Guide special education teachers teacher experience Feb 17, 2021

You may have heard of Boom Cards and thought to yourself, ‘Oh- just another teaching fad I’m not going to waste my time learning about or investing money in.’ Well, let me tell you that this isn’t a trend and deserves a second chance!

 

Contrary to the majority of the...

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How to Teach Geometry Basics consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Feb 13, 2021
Our next topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach Geometry. Read more about why and how you can teach Geometry basics using my Geometry Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).
 
 

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How to Individualize the Transition Planning Process for Families govt and community benefits special education teachers teacher experience transition Feb 06, 2021
So, you are now knee deep in supporting your families while they prepare to transition to adult services and supports. Hopefully, this last short list of tips can help you individualize and fine tune the support you are offering to your families and young adults as they prepare for life after...
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Increase Parent Engagement in the Transition Planning Process: Available Services & Supports consumer math govt and community benefits teacher experience teacherspayteachers transition Jan 31, 2021
Calling all transition special education teachers, transition specialists, and staff who want to increase the support they offer to families and students who will access services post high school! This blog post about increasing parent engagement in the transition planning process is for YOU!
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How to Teach Cost Comparison Shopping consumer math how to teach special education teachers teacher experience teacherspayteachers Jan 30, 2021
Our next topic in the Consumer Math Blog Series is about how to teach Cost Comparison Shopping. Read more about why and how you can teach Cost Comparison using my Cost Comparison Lesson Unit (click here to get your copy).
 
 
Purpose of Teaching Cost Comparison
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