I teach a special education self-contained classroom. It is called the autism and life skills program. Some of the children I work with are very intelligent, but struggle with being in the classroom and the typical school experience. Other children have significant delays and are working on academics two or three years below their grade level. They are also working on learning life skills.
You cannot learn when you are hungry.
As a school, we strive to help children and families meet their basic needs while also remembering that everyone learns differently. I strive to create instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.
I recently opened a food pantry at our school. We feed 211 people every weekend. In our district the busses are very full and students were using shopping bags and boxes to bring home food. There is not enough room on the bus for the children when the food is packed that way. I want to get each student a hiking backpack that we can fill with food on Fridays. This way it will fit nicely on the bus and be easy for them to carry home. It will also reduce the stigma of getting food from the food pantry because peers will not be able to see what is in the bag.
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