In my life skills classroom, I don’t start teaching academics until after Halloween. Yes, you read that right. No academics until after Halloween. It might seem crazy but there are so many other areas that I focus on for the first 6-8 weeks that aren’t academic subjects like math, reading, and writing. If you are wondering what I teach my students in those first 6-8 weeks in the secondary self-contained special education classroom, head over to this blog post to learn more.