As part of my Social Science lessons I have invited guest speakers into my classroom to introduce themselves to the students. It is a way to teach the students about the people that are around them and most important to them in their community. It is also a great way to bring people into the classroom and meet our students. We are now reaching out to the community and inviting people into the classroom. Today NYS Assemblyman David DiPietro was our guest and he spoke to the students about job, recreation and transportation opportunities in our area. My students gave Mr. DiPietro a tour of our Recycling Program. The students also showed Mr. DiPietro a tour of the Laundromat project we opened. Mr. DiPietro has lots of experience with the laundry business and was very impressed with everything the students are learning. It was a great experience for the students!
In my classroom I have a very diverse group of students so in order to meet the needs of all of the students and follow the curriculum I use project based learning. One of the projects we started this year is a recycling program. I use the recycling program to teach my students workplace skills and academics in a way that is dignified and my students can feel proud about themselves. Earlier in the school year I stretched the lesson and had Sydney Hanley write an article about the recycling program for the school newspaper. Today we are stretching it further and having Sydney demonstrate her public speaking skills and reading the article she wrote.