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This Special Ed Teacher’s Real-World Lessons will Inspire You | Class Act

Noah : My name is Noah. I give coffee to teachers. Cha Ching!! *laughing* Sadie: As a special ed teacher you have on average kids in three different grade levels and within those grade levels depending on
what students you have you are planning for each of those students. “You are each going to have a cup” Noah: Hey! We’ve got a talker over here. Sadie: So there is the cirriculum aspect, but I’m also trying to think long range
and with the families looking at okay, where are these kids going like high school
and beyond the rest of their lives. My name is Sadie Guthrie
and I am a special ed teacher at Lawton Alternative School. (SoulPancake Presents) (Class Act) I think the advantage special ed teachers
have is that we get so close to the family and we work so hard with certain students
everyday. That you kind of… you can’t not have an emotional relationship with these families and kids. Sometimes it’s really difficult for special
ed, or in school settings to be like “Okay go talk to this person”. But if you don’t have like a common ground it’s pretty difficult. And I think when I thought to bring coffee
cart to Lawton. I just really thought there could be nothing better to like, improve our community
and give the kids in my class, like, more opportunity to become a part
of the greater school community. Wedad: My name is Wedad
My job in the coffee cart is to ask the teachers if they want coffee. Jacky: My name is Jacky.
I am the barista. Nathan: My name is Nathan.
I am the cashier. I take the money. David: My name is David.
I pour the coffee. Sadie: I think everyone was a little hesitant
to start. They like didn’t really… …get the purpose. But then once I kind of explained
we are learning job skills, and independence
and responsibility and all of these functional skills and you know we are being a part of the community! It kind of started to click
and then once we started doing it , it just, you know, rocketed! We go to Devil’s Teeth which is a local bakery and we get a baked good donation. We are like now out in the ACTUAL community showing people really what we are capabale
of. Then we have to learn transportation skills which are really important in big, urban cities. We then have to take the transportation to
get the baked goods. Where we do, kind of, social interactions
with strangers. Safe strangers, obviously. Noah: Hello. My name is Noah
and I’m from Lawton Middle School and we are here to pick up the baked goods. Baker: Awesome, we’re going to get those right
up for you Noah. Noah: YEAH!! Sadie: So coffee cart is kind of cool
because we are creating like community within our school. And it’s mobile so my students are getting
out of the classroom. They’re being seen as like very productive
contributing members of our school. Principal: Oh! You have my favorite scones. So I would like a scone to accompany my tea please. Any school in this country could take this
example to help transform their own school community. To make sure that every child feels accepted. That every child feels that they belong, that
they have a place. “Favorite time of day! Its coffee cart.” Jacky: Here you go. Principal : Beautiful thank you Jacky, Wedad,
Nathan. Sadie: Alright we have another customer Wadad. Jacky: Wedad, customer. Teacher #1: Well thank you. How are you doing
today Jacky? Jacky: Pretty good. Teacher #1 : Good. Nathan how are you? I love
your shirt Nathan. Nathan: Thanks. Sadie: So at the start of the year most of the other teachers, I mean they knew
of my students. But they didn’t know their names, or didn’t
really know their abilities or personalities. And so now at this point, now that we are
at the end of the year. Teachers know all of my students
names. They know what they like to do, they kind
of know how they are. Teacher #2: Oh yes! I’m the lemon bar girl. Do we have any lemon bars today Wedad ? Wedad: Yeah we do have lemon bars. Teacher #2: Not only will I see Wedad first,
but when I see her, and smile I can see her face just brighten
up automaticially. And then Jacky has a tremendous sense of
humor. He is very cynical which I love. And then two more brownies. Jacky: Two more brownies, two more. Teacher #2: Because it’s not for me, you know.
Who is it for Jacky? Who is it for? Jacky: For you! Teacher #2 : No! Who’s it for? Wedad: For your kids. Teacher #2: Yes! That’s it! Ding
Ding! You got it! Sadie: Yeah we know Jacky does’t believe
you. Teacher #2: Jacky knows the truth. Sadie: You know they are incredibly charasmatic.
There is something about each and every one of them
that, you know, makes you want to like talk to them more or see them more. Coffee cart is a special, unique thing that
no other students get to do. So they kind of
big man on campus kind of thing. They really like it and feel important when
they do it. I see so much in them and kids with disablities in general so when I hear people, kind of, you know what, even unintentionally kind of put them down or not expect the best, it um.. it’s hard. Even if you face challenges, those challenges
aren’t necessarily the important part it’s more like what are the skills that you
do have that you are going to use to move forward. So it’s less about what are you struggling
with, it’s more about like…. how awesome can you be?

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