Raising expectations is what the 10 Critical Components is all about! Not only does this system provide a “map” for teachers to provide appropriate instruction with high expectations for students but finally a systematic and clear method for administrators to evaluate teachers in the Life Skills classroom. Put it all together and you have a system that will ensure students are receiving structured and meaningful instruction that will prepare them for the future.
-Bonnie Haecker, Director of Special Education, Santa Fe Independent School District, Texas
I will never forget my first year as a Life Skills Special Education teacher! I had 2 brand new empty classrooms and absolutely no idea how to set up for success when the students arrived. Thank goodness my director sent Marcia and Nannette and their 10 Components! They taught me how student color coding makes the classroom structure come together. Now each year the first thing I do is choose a color and appropriate icon/picture for each student. I label everything “theirs”, desks, workboxes, place in line, picture schedule etc. with that color and icon. It makes the first days and lessons so much easier! Students identify what’s theirs, and learn to respect what belongs to others. Excellent “essential” for the Special Education Classroom.
-Shelley Hyde, Special Education Teacher