I had to be out, so students worked on a mini project called "Evaluating a Customer Service Model." Students think of a business that they patronize often, and are asked to evaluate the company's customer service model based on a series of questions.
Some questions that students were asked:
We revisited Self-Advocacy.
We took notes on what questions to ask when you are considering disclosing your disability.
Then, students began working on a practice written request for accommodations.
Future Profits had their 2nd weekly money lesson for students.
The coaches went through a review of the concepts we talked about last week (cash-in, cash-out, budget) and then students were given an estimation activity to do.
Students had categories like phone, PG&E, rent, etc. and with 3 price estimates for each. Students selected their best guess for what they thought these expenses cost.
The next activity they worked on I thought was very powerful. Students worked in pairs and selected a job and a monthly income. Then, they were given a monthly budget and were asked to delegate their expenses based on the given budget. At the end of the activity, students came up and talked about how they made their money decisions. This topic brought out a lot of interesting dialogue from the students, such as how they were going to compensate for not spending money on entertainment, or how they resolved to cook all of their meals at home.
The job coach summed it up beautifully at the end: "When you are budgeting, and especially when you are doing budgeting with a potential spouse one day, you will have to make choices. Sometimes these choices are contentious. It's important that you talk about your financial priorities as early as possible so that you can make those money decisions together."
Students took a quiz and then worked on missing assignments.
This blog is about my journey supporting students through transition. The focus is on career development, job readiness and customer service. My name is Kristine and I teach SAI (Specialized Academic Instruction) in a public high school in the Bay Area. I love finding new ways to recreate the "real world" so students feel inherent purpose in what they do in the classroom.