Does your class do community based instruction? It’s one of the most valuable and beneficial things my classroom does. A few years ago one of my students refuse to leave the house with his parents. One of them always had to stay home with him and they couldn’t even go out to a family dinner. After a few years of regular community based instruction, his mom said he know ASKS to go places 🙂
When I first started teaching, I used to take my whole class places – this was mass chaos and highly advice against this! It was mostly head counting and I barely had a chance to actually work on any skills with my students. In the past few years, I switch things up. My coworker and I do weekly community trips where we each bring a few students. We pick one location a month. Then each student gets to go on one trip a month. The other students stay back with the aides. We try to plan it over a prep period so some of the students are at gym or music during that time. This has work out immensely better. I actually get to work with the students on community tasks!
My kids LOVE these trips. Not only are we able to work on important life skills but these trips usually function as a great reinforcer. Many of my kids ‘work for’ these trips! Double whammy 🙂
We have gone everywhere – McDonalds, Pizza Hut buffet, grocery store, diner, frozen yogurt shop, taco restaurant, Subway, Dunkin Donuts… We try to pick a big variety of locations to provide our students with new experiences and learn new vocabulary!
Here are some visuals we use on our trip. This one is great for fast food restaurants:
Here is one we use for Subway:
We did our second trip to the grocery store today! We have been buying food for our Thanksgiving feast will be having next Wednesday! My guys did super well 🙂