Teachers go back to school Monday. Last year, I focused on a lot of the general education curriculum. Of course, I modified it...a lot. Anyway, I am struggling this year with what I am going to do with my students. I teach in a middle school. My main goal is to promote communication, reading, writing, and math. I try to incorporate science and social studies into other lessons. Here's the issue I have: Will this general ed information enhance their lives in any way? I taught EVERY SINGLE THING on the EXTEND 1 Alternate Assessment, and most of my students did not remember a thing. I know as a profession, we are moving away from the "living skills" approach. Up until yesterday, I was 100% on board with this. However, I was sitting here yesterday and I realized the reason for teaching living skills. It takes our students so very long to learn ANYTHING. If you teach them 5 vowel sounds in a year, this isn't going to add to their life in any significant way. However, if you tasks analyze and teach them 5 steps of tooth-brushing, and they actually retain the skills, this WILL give them a small sense of independence. Yes, I know there has to be a bit of everything going on in our classrooms. That being said, if you could teach anything you wanted, what would you do? Sorry if this is hard to follow...I just really want to do what it best for these kiddos.