So I have been thinking how we can use the washer and dryer that we are lucky to have in our classroom to their fullest potential. I have taught a few lessons about doing laundry and Mrs. Reding has written a great song about it but the washer and dryer still often sat in our classroom unused. That is when we came up with the idea to open our own laundromat! We began by coming up with a name and we chose "The Found Sock" and it is a wash and fold service. We began asking the sports teams and signed up a few accounts right away with boys varsity and modified basketball and the girls varsity basketball teams. This business is teaching our students responsibilities, money management, how to use a washer and dryer, folding clothes, and interaction with other people around the building. It is a great job for our students to be part of and they are all proud to participate.
As part of our ongoing lessons with workplace skills I decided to make a movie about interviewing for a job. Our friend Katelyn Katalinas volunteered to help us and demonstrate several ways you should NOT interview for a job. We made the movie with time in between skits to pause and discusses what Katelyn did wrong. Finally at the end Katelyn demonstrates the right way to interview for a job. The students had fun making this movie and really learned a lot about what to do and what not to do on a job interview.
For three days this week our High School Business Teacher Mr. Kincella delivered lessons about making a good first impression and completing a job application. The students participated in some role playing activities by standing up and demonstrating how to give a proper handshake. Mr. Kincella also developed a job application for our Cans 2 Cash Recycling Program and taught our students how to fill it out. It was a great experience for our class to have such a great teacher come into the classroom and really get to know the students. After the lessons Mr. Kincella reported to me that several of my students gave him a proper handshake when he saw them in the halls. Thank you Mr. Kincella for a great week!
Yesterday Mrs. Moran went to pet store and bought fish for our fish tank! Mrs. Moran learned a lot from the salesperson at the pet store and shared what she learned with our class.
To demonstrate workplace skills our students are going to be responsible for taking care of the fish and the fish tank.
Today we took at great community trip to a movie theater to watch Despicable Me 2. The students demonstrated using money to buy a movie ticket and snacks. It was a great time and fun for all.
For the past several months our class has been collecting bottles and cans for our recycling project. We decided to collect data on which recycling bins needed to be changed and which recycling bins did not need to be changed within a given time. We then put that data into a graph for everyone in the school to see. The showcase also includes information about where the most used and unused recycling bins are located. Our class is going to use use all of this data and information to plan ahead and decide if any recycling bins should be moved to different locations that will collect more cans.