I teach fifteen to twenty-two year old students in a Life Skills, high school classroom. My students have a variety of intellectual, physical and mental challenges. My students are working on various activities throughout the day to assist them to become as independent as possible. Students also work on individualized personal goals that are written in their Individualized Lesson Plans (IEP's)
My students are working on functional academics, daily living skills, grooming, riding the city bus, communication skills, vocational skills, community skills and cooking in order to promote independence as they head towards adulthood.
All the students in the Life Skills classroom either go to job sites in the community or have in-school jobs. They are constantly maximizing their opportunities to gain knowledge.
Cooking is a very important of part of my classroom. Each student has a cooking goal. Goals are suited for each student's personal needs. Some of the students are cooking small meals using the stove and oven, while others are working on cooking in the microwave.
Learning to use a microwave gives my students self reliance and independence.
Students first work on recipes or frozen meals that they enjoy eating.
They then purchase their ingredients or food choice. Microwave cooking gives the students an opportunity to make easy, tasty meals at home or in the work place break room.
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