Monday, February 24, 2014

Hi everyone! I need some suggestions.
I teach a work skills class during my 5th period. Its with 11th and 12th  graders in my MDD program. The idea is to teach them life and work skills they could use in the real world once they complete their education.

My idea that I would like to implement here is a way apply the skills and learn new skills by helping the other teachers here in the high school.
This is what I have so far:

Dear Teachers,
In my 5th period class, I am currently teaching my 11th and 12th grade students work skills. I would like my students to have as much real world work as practice. Because of this I decided to offer their help to you.

If there is work that you need to be done, like stapling papers or sorting papers, please email me or fill out the form attached and I will have my students complete it during my 5th period class.

Things to remember:
·         We do go on fieldtrip during 5th and 6th period so it may take a couple of days to complete. Because of this please date when you would like the work complete.
·         An adult (either one of my aides or myself) will always help them so that it is done correctly.
·         If it is something you would like done in your classroom during 5th period, it will always be 1 or 2 student plus an instructional aide.
·         If it is something you would like us to complete in my classroom, just let me know and I will send students to pick up the work.

Ideas of work we could help you with:
·         Stapling papers
·         Sorting papers
·         Stuffing envelopes
·         Cleaning rooms (tables, desk, white boards)
·         Cutting papers
·         Breaking down boxes

·          If any of you fellow teachers have any other ideas, please let me know. I can't think of anything else my students could help with. Also what do you think of my idea and letter? I would really love some feed back.



  1. One of my favorite work jobs that we do is shred all of the paper for our department! You might have to look into buying a shredder, but it could end up saving your school money in the long run if they are currently paying to have papers shredded.

    We also have students deliver deans slips throughout the school, sharpen pencils for the office, deliver copies from the copy room. Is the class after lunch? Could students help maintenance staff wipe down tables?

    Our transition students also load the pop and vending machines - a really cool task that your school might appreciate the free help for!!

    Hope some of those ideas help. And I love the letter you sent out to students. Helping clean rooms is a great idea!

    Brie - Breezy Special Ed

    1. *sent out to teachers, not students...

  2. All of these are great ideas. We also shred for the main office and other teachers. We sharpen classroom pencils. We make ice packs for the nurse, and stuff plastic baggies with bandaids, we recycle for classrooms on our floor. We have a clothing bank at our school,( it's small), but we fold clothes and do laundry. We also do laundry for the sports teams (uniforms). I try to save most of these for Wednesdays since that is when we do school jobs, but the laundry is more frequent depending on games and season, so I fit it in. We are just a middle school so it doesn't need to be every day. Just enough for them to have some skills in place prior to high school.
    And your letter is perfect, I sent out something similar.

  3. Good morning. I regret not being able to give you an idea. But here I am happy to see people who are so diligent work like you. Good luck !

  4. I am sorry. But you look so dilligent. Good luck !

  5. Thanks so much for this post! I am starting mid year in a rural High School Life Skill class and looking for ideas to jump the work program. This letter is a great idea and I will send out something similar at the start of the year. Thanks again!