As a teacher of students with severe disabilities in a self-contained special education classroom, I’m constantly hunting for opportunities for life skills, community-based and social skills instruction. Of course, you can create these opportunities in artificial classroom activities, but the best way to learn them are in genuine, real-life situations. Last week, an answer to many of my silent prayers for such opportunities was answered.
It all began when one of my parents inquired about the 4-H Club at our school. I’m sure many of your schools have active 4-H clubs, but, if not, I highly encourage you to learn more about 4-H Club. I made a call to the local 4-H office and spoke with their representative, who works in our county’s schools (it just so happens we were acquaintances from high school -- one of the benefits of living in a tiny town). When I explained my reason for calling, he immediately began to show an interest in doing some things for and with my class.