From Kitchen to Classroom
I currently serve 10 students with moderate to severe disabilities in a school that contains over 40 students in an alternate curriculum setting. These students all have mild to severe disabilities that impact their ability to retain and perform functional skills. This project will not only focus on my students. It will impact all students in the alternate curriculum setting.
I plan to use to, discrete data collection, virtual task analysis (videos of others performing skills), repetitive practice and system of least prompts in order to assist students in developing everyday living skills in the Kitchen. These skills will include safety, preparing simple snacks/meals, measuring, and cleaning. In order to make this project successful I will need the help of paraprofessionals, a full kitchen ( available at school), Google Classroom, Chromebook for videoing, kitchen supplies (listed below), task analysis, and ingredients for each meal/snack. The virtual task analysis will be a prerecorded, step by step video. Students in person will be receive the instruction in a small group setting with in person teaching and hands on learning. Students who are virtual will have access to these prerecorded lessons in order to practice skills at home. Also, videos will be posted in my Google Classroom. ALL students, virtual or in person, will be encouraged to watch and practice lessons during extended breaks, for “homework”, or in the event of snow days.
Research question: How can students with moderate to severe disabilities master daily living skills in order to become more independent adults?
When students can: wash and sort dishes, fix themselves a snack, do laundry, put away groceries, and perform these skills safely THEN the learning innovation project has been a success. I will take baseline data on 5 students. I will then focus on skills that students needed full supports in order to show that any positive outcomes on these measures are due to the innovation and skills learned through this project. Data will be collected using task analysis sheets and system of least prompts. The goal is that students will become as independent as possible throughout the school year while performing everyday living skills. Data will be graphed using percentages.