Week 3 of school was gray and rainy, but that didn't stop us! Our Friday afternoon clubs hit the ground running with art projects, group games, dance and recycling. And our community adventures included one very exciting birthday trip to Burger King!
Following basic recipes wraps language arts, math, science, and life skills into one very tasty lesson! This week, our high school students made some delicious pizza treats.
Take a look at some of the awesome things spotted around our PACTT school programs this week - and if you want to stay in the loop, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PACTT) or Twitter (@PACTTChicago).
We're learning about interpreting graphs and current events. We're making store purchases and following recipes to make snacks. We're learning to work more independently. And we're having fun!
Some students had the chance to meet with visitors this week and share what PACTT means to them - and their ideas for PACTT's future.
Our first week of school is rolling to the finish line. We've had loads of smiles, fun, and some good hard work, too!
We are excited to welcome a team of Golden Apple Scholars to PACTT! These pre-service teachers are spending two weeks in our classrooms learning about PACTT students, autism, classroom management, nonpublic schools, and more. Here are some of our scholar visitors, alongside PACTT team members and students, working on an Independence Day craft activity:
It's Teacher Appreciation Week! This week, we are EXTRA grateful for our amazing PACTT teachers, job coaches, paraprofessionals and therapists.Here's a sneak peek at how we're celebrating our amazing crew!
Thanks to a generous grant, which included training from Exercise Connection, we've slowly been expanding our physical fitness equipment, activities, and options for our students. We're integrating stretches and games, basic yoga and dynamic activities with peers. Here's a peek at some of our first classes in action, and our newly re-purposed gross motor space.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Special Kids Foundation, our school team was able to participate in a fully-funded video modeling training this month. The training was led by Alissa York, educational consultant, who recently retired from the Naperville-area school districts, where she trained teachers and worked closely with students, to implement video modeling within their classrooms.
Why Video Modeling?
- Video modeling has been identified by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders as an evidence-based practice for teaching students with autism.
What is video modeling?
- With a video model, students follow a video prompt to complete a task. Have you ever searched YouTube for a video on how to do something, because it's easier to do if you see someone else do it? Well, it's that same idea. The video can be of the student doing the task, of someone else doing the task, or completion of the task from a first-person perspective.
Why is this important?
- With a video model, students will rely less on staff support for completion of tasks - especially activities of daily living and vocational tasks. The videos can be loaded onto their personal devices, for watching at job and volunteer sites - and at home!
But wait! PACTT classrooms don't have the technology to implement this kind of thing!
- Ah, there's the bonus of the grant funding! Each of our classrooms will receive at least two (possibly more) brand new iPads, to support the initiative ... and to use for additional educational supports throughout the students' day.