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Old 06-06-2012, 04:19 AM   #1
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Hi! I can't sleep so I thought I'd be productive and introduce myself so I can stop lurking around the discussions.
I'm a special education teacher currently assigned to a high school LifeSkills class. I try to teach them basic daily living skills such as cooking simple recipes, cleaning, social skills, etc. I like coming here to search for ideas for class and for myself. The problem is that I can get side tracked reading some interesting & funny conversations and spend more time than I planned. You guys are as addicting as video games so I don't visit unless I have time to spend or I need information. Oh, and can you tell that I like to talk?


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Old 06-06-2012, 04:23 AM   #2
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good morning cinders from manchester uk

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Old 06-06-2012, 04:56 AM   #3
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Welcome to DC, cindercat! You know from lurking that this is not just a forum for food enthusiasts, but also a bunch of people who care about one another. What kind of recipes are most successful when sharing them with your students?
I've got OCD--Obsessive Chicken Disorder!
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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Welcome to DC! I hope you get as much from us as your students get from you!
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:24 AM   #5
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Welcome Aboard Cindercat,

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Old 06-06-2012, 09:30 AM   #6
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Good morning from Ironton, MO!
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since that house fell on my sister.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:49 AM   #7
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Welcome to DC, Cindercat!
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:08 AM   #8
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:47 AM   #9
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Welcome to D.C.!
I am sure that you already know that this is a special place on the 'Net.
I have a great deal of admiration for teachers in general and Special Education teachers in particular. It must be highly challenging and satisfying work!
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:55 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone! I do enjoy working with my "special" kids. I've only worked with kids this low functioning for 2 years. I've always had more mainstream students with learning disabilities. I have to learn some new methods this year since 2 students have very little communication ability. I'll have to break cooking tasks into minute steps to find something my lower students can do.
Last year we cooked or I demonstrated over 40 recipes. Their favorites were pancakes, cheeseburgers, rice krispy treats, pudding (mix), mashed potatoes & mac-n-cheese. There were some things they didn't like, but with very few exceptions, the class rule is "You must taste it. You don't have to like it and you don't have to eat more than the little taste if you don't want to. You can have more if you want it." I cooked some things that I doubt they would get at home. They liked acorn squash with apples & cinnamon but didn't like zucchini. Chicken & rice was OK but one boy wouldn't eat chicken salad because we made it from a whole store bought rotisserie chicken. Whenever we made anything chocolate I had to have something vanilla for one student who had a lifelong dislike for chocolate. Haven't figured out what to make this year since I'll have a wide range of abilities. I'll have to figure it out as I get to know my 4 new students.

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