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Special Education Classroom at new JHS Resembles an Apartment

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    It's a home away from home of sorts for some  Joplin high students.

     The classroom for special education students is an apartment  built right inside the new Joplin high. And it's helping student learn lessons for life. 

Brooke White's students wash strawberries and slice bananas as they prepare a fruit salad for a Thanksgiving feast. They're not at someone's home but a classroom that takes the shape of an apartment.

 White says, "They learn skills like making their bed, maintaining a home  such as vacuuming, sweeping and dusting.  In the kitchen, they learn  how to make a grocery list, how to meal plan,  where groceries go, and obviously how to use the stove and  oven microwave all safely. "

Chance Stiver, a student in White's functional living skills class says,

"Learning how to do all this stuff makes me feel  great, hhonestlyI'm not  ever independent so  this would be good learning  process for me."

White has thirty-five students in her functional living skills program.

 After making their fruit salad and other parts of a meal  they'll be serving it to faculty skills some will be putting to use in the job field.

White says, "They're learning time on task, how to read a recipe, how to sort things and how to work in an assembly line kind of fashion ."

Students like Chance still have regular writing, reading and math classes, but come to White's apartment for class an hour a day.

Life skills for the students include even doing the laundry. They move clothes from  washer to dryer. Sorting  it and using the right settings and amounts of detergent . For now there are step by step instructions.

But White says, " By the end of the year we hope to pull those prompts  so they become more independent at it."

Being independent. It's  the biggest goal of students too.

Chance says, "I think it will help because  you can't always have your parents around to do everything."


   White says  if they taught the life skills in a  regular classroom,  they would be harder for the students to transfer to the real world. 
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