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

Creating Teaching and Student Schedules: What to Consider life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Jul 01, 2022
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It’s the thing that lingers on your to-do list and weighs on you all summer because it is NEVER just a one-and-done sort of thing. The first student schedule draft will take you a few hours and you’ll hesitate to even remove the task from your to-do...
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How You Can Help Families Prepare to Access Benefits Over Summer Break functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition May 17, 2022

Let me preface this by saying that YOU won’t be doing any work for your well earned summer break. Instead, you’ll give your families a summer to-do list to help them be ready to dive into the benefits/service/support application process in the fall.

 
 
 

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How To Teach: Eating at a Sit Down Restaurant and Tipping functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition May 16, 2022
 

Importance of Knowing How to Behave in a Sit Down Restaurant and How to Tip

 

Your students may enjoy a sit down restaurant every week with family, they may go periodically on the weekend with friends, or they may go a couple times a year for special celebrations. Either way, they...

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How To Teach: How to Behave in a Restaurant functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition May 09, 2022
Importance of Having Manners When Eating at a Restaurant
Besides the grocery store, restaurants may be the community environment your students will visit the most. Therefore, it is important that they know what restaurant manners are expected of them in that setting. There are endless...
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How To Teach: Ordering Food at a Restaurant functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition May 02, 2022
Importance of Ordering Food at a Restaurant
No matter what kind of restaurant you are ordering food at, your food order with a cashier or wait staff is a conversation. If your students struggle with bilateral conversations (ask question, respond, ask follow up, respond, etc), then ordering...
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How To Teach: Restaurant Meal Budget Skills functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Apr 25, 2022
Importance of Using a Restaurant Meal Budget
We may want to order everything on a restaurant menu that sounds delicious (including cheese fries, cheese curds, and a chocolate shake), but we just don’t have the money or stomach space for that. So, deciding how much money to spend on a...
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If I Had $1,000 to Spend on My Classroom life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Apr 19, 2022
I’m going to give it to you straight right from the get-go: Some teachers will NEVER be given a budget to spend on their classroom, some will be given various amounts of money at various times with a strict timeline of when to spend it or what to spend it on, and some will have the luxury...
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How To Teach: Paying For a Purchase When Shopping functional life skills how to teach life skills special education teachers teacher experience transition Apr 18, 2022

Importance of Paying for a Purchase

The checkout step at any store can be overwhelming. Some have signs on the ground, some signs are at hip level, and some are up above. Some have only human cashiers and others have a combination of self check out and cashiers. Some have only 1 check out...
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How To Teach: 5 Food Groups functional life skills how to teach life skills teacher experience transition Feb 21, 2022
Importance of 5 Food Groups
The Food Pyramid is what most of us grew up learning about and while I know there were levels to the pyramid and that determined how much of something you should eat, it was a little complex. MyPlate is the new guide, rolled out by Michelle Obama during the...
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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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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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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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