"What I Wish I'd Learned in School"

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It is surprisingly difficult for people to talk about their own strengths. Even more challenging is when students don't know what their strengths are! Sometimes they don't see themselves the way others see them. Or, they find something easy and
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Fun Stuff, For Parents
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Use this in IEP meetings or as a resource for students so they stay on track with best practices for college admission in 11th and 12th grade.Note: this is also included in the 9th-12th Career Development Portfolio Bundle and The Complete Series
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
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High school clubs are student-based organizations that meet around a specific purpose. An adult usually advises the club in its activities. Fundraising, community service and career interests are general focuses of clubs.This reading and questions
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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Elective classes are classes that are not a part of the graduation requirements. High schools have a certain number of credits in order to graduate. The core classes (English, Math, etc.)  fill up some of these credits, but not all. These free spots
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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An internship is a fixed period of work experience offered by an organization to give individuals exposure to the working environment. It is often related to their field of study. Internships can be paid, unpaid, for credit or not for credit.This
Subjects:
Career and Technical Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Activities
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Put simply, volunteering is about giving your time and energy, for free, to help others.This reading and questions are tools to help students learn about the concept of volunteering.Note: this is also included in the 9th-12th Career Development
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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Job shadowing is the opportunity of observing a professional in his or her work setting. It allows you to learn about their career story, see their daily tasks and get an understanding of their work environment. It provides you realistic information
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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This graphic and questions exposes students to trends around job hunting and helps them narrow down the best time to search for a job. Use the graphic as:- a poster on a transition/career readiness bulletin board- as a Friday activity or Study
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
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We use this graphic in IEP meetings to show students and families the array of transition services provided by the district, CDE, and the state of California. We laminate them or put them in a plastic sheet cover.Note: this is also included in the
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, For Parents, For Principals & Administrators
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Monitor, record and evaluate yearly transition benchmarks with this Career Development Workbook/Portfolio!I hope that this resource brings excitement, awareness and hope to your students as they prepare for transition and their career journey. Note:
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
12th
Types:
Activities
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By "What I Wish I'd Learned in School"
Monitor, record and evaluate yearly transition benchmarks with this Career Development Workbook/Portfolio!I hope that this resource brings excitement, awareness and hope to your students as they prepare for transition and their career journey. Note:
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
11th
Types:
Activities
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By "What I Wish I'd Learned in School"
Monitor, record and evaluate yearly transition benchmarks with this Career Development Workbook/Portfolio!I hope that this resource brings excitement, awareness and hope to your students as they prepare for transition and their career journey. Note:
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Life Skills
Grades:
10th
Types:
Activities
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Monitor, record and evaluate yearly transition benchmarks with this Career Development Workbook/Portfolio!I hope that this resource brings excitement, awareness and hope to your students as they prepare for transition and their career journey. Note:
Subjects:
Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Classroom Community
Grades:
9th
Types:
Activities
$15.00
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Learn about one of the 13 categories of disability each month!This 2018-2019 calendar (Sept 2018 to December 2019) highlights 1-2 disabilities each month and includes:* Background of each disability* Common Educational Challenges* Teaching Tips*
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
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Fun Stuff, For Parents, For Principals & Administrators
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Monitor, record and evaluate yearly transition benchmarks with this Career Development Workbook/Portfolio!I hope that this resource brings excitement, awareness and hope to your students as they prepare for transition and their career journey. You
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Fun Stuff
$70.00
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Modeled after an Employee Evaluation Form, this resource is used in Study Skills/Learning Skills classes close to the quarter's end. At this time, we have one-on-one meetings with students (similar to performance evaluations at work) where we
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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Traffic signs are important for new drivers. Recognizing traffic signs and knowing their meanings can help drivers make safe driving decisions faster and more easily. They notify motorists of regulations, provide warning to potential hazards on or
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, ESL / ELL / EFL
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Activities
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Student-led IEPs reflect practices that support active student participation in IEP development and processes in which students take a leadership role in making decisions about their future. This guide will help students prepare for leading their
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
$4.00
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This survey is to help middle schoolers/incoming 9th graders with developing a long-range plan (plan for transition) that is developed at their transition IEP. Starting high school can be an overwhelming experience for any teenager. This surveys
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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Sometimes, our dream is so far away and the path is not clear. We don’t know what steps to take, what challenges to expect, or what obstacles we must pass. To reach your dream, you will need an action plan. Use these handouts to help students do
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

SAI (Specialized Academic Instruction) teacher (grades 9-12), Special Education Department Coordinator, District EdTech Committee, AVID Site Team, Latino Outreach Group, Black Student Union, Presenter - WorkAbility Region 3 Training Fall 2017, Presenter - EdTechTeam North State Summit 2017, Presenter - EdTech Team Fresno Summit 2017, UC Berkeley Disabled Students Auxiliary Staff

MY TEACHING STYLE

"If they don't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn." - Ignacio Estrada

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Silicon Valley Education Foundation: Teacher of the Month

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

UC Berkeley alumni, Utrecht Universiteit, Mild/Mod credential from San Jose State University, clear credential from EPIC (Education and Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms) Collaborative

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by! My name is Kristine. I am a graduate from UC Berkeley and received my mild/moderate special education credential from San Jose State University. Before teaching, I worked in the service industry. I was a server at 7+ restaurants while saving up money to travel and backpack. I worked for a few years in food journalism under a food critic and freelancing, but for some reason, special education kept "coming up." A lot of coincidences later, and I am in my 9th year working in special education in the bay area. My husband is also a special education teacher for high school. We have two daughters together.

In my first year of teaching, I was assigned a class called "Life Skills" and that is where this story begins. I realized that the curriculum I wanted just didn't exist.

I have endeavored to create curriculum that is easy to follow, relevant, and compelling for students. It's also meant to look organic: no fancy fonts...it doesn't look like it's from a professional curriculum company. It looks like it very well could have been made by you -- and that's the point. I think that when students see it as your handiwork, they are drawn to it.

Again, thank you so much for stopping by and reading. If you have any feedback on these products, feel free to email me anytime at kristine@whatiwishidlearnedinschool. Or, if you have any ideas for transition materials that might be helpful, please also drop me a line...I would love to connect about what has worked for you or what ideas you might have regarding secondary transition. I believe it can be better for our students.

- Kristine

“Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.” -- Robert M. Hutchins

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Alice in Wonderland

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