October 11th, 2012
Thomas Paine special education teacher Katie Firmand is reaching out to the community and finding the community reaching back to her and her students. The community-based instruction (CBI) curriculum that Firmand has put together for her 2nd and 3rd grade class is providing her students and the community-at-large a host of opportunities to interact and learn from each other.
“I want my kids not just to live [here], but for the kids to really be a part of this community,” said Firmand. The curriculum she’s put together with help from community business-partners, educators, and other district students covers a wide range of life skills from the basic (how to interact with other people) to more complex tasks (such as how to calculate a tip at a restaurant). The community-based instruction is meaningful instruction that occurs in a student’s community with naturally occurring materials and situations. It helps students enhance their skills to be part of their community and gain independence. Read the rest of this entry »