What exactly is a life skills teacher

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  1. Mldouglas

    Mldouglas Comrade

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    Hi! This is my first time posting in the special education part of the forum. I just have a question. What exactly is a life skills special education teacher? I just recently accepted a month long sub assignment for a life skills teacher. When I was called for the position it was only classified as a special education position. Once I accepted the position I got on the schools website to find out exactly what I had gotten myself into. I found out the teacher I agreed to work for is a "Life Skills" teacher. I also e-mailed the teacher about the posting trying to get more details. I just want to know exactly what is expected of me before I make a committment like that. I don't mind doing the academic end of the special education but I don't want to put myself in a situation where I will be in a room with students who I have to feed and diaper. I know that I sound so awful but I don't really think this is my cup of tea. Thanks for your comments.


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    In my district, Life Skills tends to mean the kids who are severely developmentally behind, some physically and emotionally, others just emotionally. These are the "high school" aged kids who still function at about a 4 or 5 year old level (some a little higher, some a little lower) with little to no hope of any long term improvement. Many can not retain information from day to day.
     
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    In my school is is children who are profundly disabled. We have a class of 3,4 and 5 graders who function at about a 3 -4 year old level. You are focusing on following directions, and social skills and basic academics... I personally loved being a sub in this room. These kids are a handful, but so worth it.
     
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    In my son's school he has a class called Life Skills and it has nothing to do with special education.
     
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    WOW! You consider those kids profoundly disabled? :confused:My students are high school age and they're functioning on the level of 7-12 month olds. They are profoundly disabled. The ones that you mentioned are just severely disabled (or maybe even moderately).
     
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    I think the nature of your activities will depend on the disabilities of the students. I taught in a program where the students were learning life skills. We did vocational activities out in the community, and practiced our community skills. Our academics were all functional, and dealt with issues the students will be facing in a few years: how/when/where to look & apply for jobs. working with money (creating money combinations to pay for stuff; determining change; writing checks & balancing checkbooks, etc).

    I don't teach life skills anymore, but I have fond memories of those days. I had the most amazing, wonderful students.
     
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    I think that a month of substituting in a Life Skills class will give you the opportunity to work with a group that you have said you would normally not choose to work with. They are wonderful, dear, and inspiring children. They deserve an education and respect just like any other child. I think it'd be a great opportunity for you!
     
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    Life skills to me would be - making a bed, kitchen skills, industry skills (putting nuts on bolts, simple flashlight assembly, putting toothbrush in holders, etc.), any kind of skill that would be needed in life... sorting things etc.
     
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    If your question is "what exactly is a lifeskills teacher" you'll have to contact the school for details. The term is used in VERY different ways in different places. Even within districts--in my district we have a range of lifeskills class, spanning K-12, and the kids are at quite a few different levels, from just several years behind and working on vocational/community/practical academic/daily living skills (our HS lifeskills kids some of them go to jobs), to functioning at the 3-12 month level and working on very basic communication, motor, and ADLs (which if that isn't a life skill i don't know what is!).
     
  11. ITeachSDCkids

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    Sounds unusual as most districts would have explained a bit more. I would talk to the program specialist -did the teacher leave plans or was any curriculum gone over? I would check into it. Maybe you could ask the principal and get into the classroom to check it out. As others have said the term means different things in different districts. We have an 8th grade life skills class for all students that is about career planning, but at the high school the class is centered on workability, job coaching and practical life skiils-balancing check books, cooking, use of public transportation, developing social skills for the work place, etc. I think you will find that special needs students have much to offer, share and even teach you! Good luck! You may be pleasantly surprised by the experience.
     

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