Composting is good for the environment. The gas produced by waste is bad for the environment it is called Methane Gas. There is stuff you can’t compost like plastic, metal, dairy, and Styrofoam. You can compost veggies and fruit and paper. Compost gets very hot so you need to turn it about 3 times per week. I visited the U of A Compost Cats Facility and learned all about composting and it’s benefits. Here is a chart to help you out!
I did mock interviews this week. It is a practice interview to help you prepare for the real thing. Here are some common interview questions:
This week we had a guest speaker from The Garden Kitchen and U of A students. We talked about trying new foods and not saying no before we taste it. We tried blood orange, purple and yellow carrots, and radish all with homemade ranch dressing. I liked them all. The Garden Kitchen offers free classes once a month for:
Here is their website info go check them out!
Our First Weeks of Class
We had a guest speaker talking about conflict resolution from Our Family Community Mediation Tell our stories our friends they help us out. We split up in groups and did an activity where we had to choose a feeling card and match it with the need card. For example, pick Sad then match with connection and understanding. It’s hard to explain but it helps you know what you may need to feel better and also helps with talking about it.
The UCP Trainer Christina came to our class and gave us a demonstration on CPR. We practiced chest compressions on a manikin. It had lights that turned blue if we were pressing at the right speed and depth. She showed us how to use an Epi Pen and then we were able to practice with fake ones. Christina taught us PASS-Pull Aim Squeeze Sweep when using a fire extinguisher. She also taught us some basic first aid like when you need to call 911 for a cut. If you put 2 gauze pads on and the bleeding doesn't stop then call 911! Christina also showed us an AED unit that is used to administer an electric shock to the heart. These are often found in Airports, Malls, and Sports Centers. We really learned a lot from Christina and are very glad she visited out class!
Jasmine Keli'i & Aaron
We have been reviewing Personal Boundaries. Personal Boundaries include:
Today we went on a bus trip to learn how to use the public bus. We went from Workability to the Ronstadt Center downtown. Our first stop was the Transportation Museum. They have interactive displays so we got to listen to stories, see model trains, and use a telegraph machine. They had lots of small items on display that were used on the old trains like sets of dishes, signs, and different items conductors were given for years of service. The train car cuff links were pretty cool. We got to go on the Locomotive and see where the conductor would drive the train. Then we went to Empire Pizza. Our server was super nice and friendly and even gave us a free slice of pizza and a cookie! Then we went to the Library area and rested for a bit. We were pretty tired by then so we went back to the Bus station to catch our ride back to Workability. We had a great time and riding the bus is pretty easy.
Aaron, Jasmine, and Keli'i
Today was our last day of the Workshop. We went bowling at Lucky Strike and had a great time together. We had pizza and nachos. I feel like I learned a lot this session and I made some great friends. Next Session I am looking forward to being a Peer Mentor!
A Peer Mentor helps the teacher with class to get things ready and also ask for things to do. Also, the Peer Mentor asks the teacher if they need help with students. The Peer Mentor is responsible for preparing activities, assisting students, getting things ready like the computer, making copies, and probably most important is modeling Professionalism! I am going to be a Peer Mentor next session.
We visited Direct Center for Independence. They have a lot to offer! Cooking class help you get better at cooking. Self-advocacy: It is good to stand up for yourself. House modifications: repair for people with wheelchairs. Building Ability 360.
These posts are written by the students of the Employment Workshop Series.