Sadie Guthrie, a special education teacher at Lawton Alternative School in San Francisco, uses a mobile coffee cart to teach her students real world skills and an entire school about compassion.
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My high school did this exact thing! It was really great for the students not just because of learning social and job skills, but also because both students and teachers could buy coffee so the special education students got to know all the other teachers as well as neurotypical students that weren't always in their general classroom settings. It also got me thinking about being as special education teacher 😀
I’m a paraeducator and one of the classes that I work in does a coffee cart. Two years after I started as a para I actually had something from the coffee cart. OMG! The lemon bars were simply divine, and a little hot chocolate goes a long way on those cold winter mornings in my neck of the woods.
Making food for the coffee cart is so valuable because it’s something they can do that makes them feel like a part of the school! (And some teachers have come to us in the halls to buy some *real* coffee before we make it anywhere near their classes, and they are very grateful for it!)
I am 13 and I have a HUGE passion for working with special needs. Considering on being an occupational therapist one day. I work at my churches special needs program with the 17 and under age division.
We introduced a coffee cart program for the kids in my spec ed class in Orangeville Ontario. Sadie is absolutely right. It was briliant for them and a strong message to the school about integration and ability. We used it as a way to open doors to understanding what these kids are capable of, and that lead to all sorts of cooperative projects: films, art shows, concerts, etc.
Oh wow! I can totally relate to this video. I was in special ed classes for most of my life. All the test and evaluation meetings and the extra time while taking test. The list goes on and on. I was bullied in middle school and high school but as I got older the bullying slowly subsided.
While in high school I was diagnosed learning disabled and always feeling like I had to explain myself and always trying to find a way to make my mark on the world.
Now I'm in my early 30's and I'm grateful for the teachers I had. We learned alot of life skills and skills to not only get a job but keep one. I'm working my job as a deli clerk. I've been with the company for 4 years now.
*Lol I'm a Special Ed student and I have no Mental Disabilities and nothing wrong with me. The only reason why I'm in Special Ed. It's because I'm not social. I'm very Asocial (Not Anti-social, Big difference). I'm not comfortable talking to random people in real life but I am Comfortable texting online. Lol I would have just search on youtube and type "How to be social" and stuff, I would left the special Ed Class by now*
I helped Special ED students everyday at my school and helped them work and get them from buses and cars and watch them and help and I love it and it’s so inspiring and I want to be a Special ED teacher and work with these unique kids and help the community with them
Ever since I was 8, I've wanted to be a special ed. teacher. It seems like such an amazing job. I think I would really love the job, it seems like such an amazing thing to have such a close relationship with these kids.
My sister has low-functioning autism and I have a tremendous amount of respect for special ed teachers. It takes a very kind and wonderful person to pursue a career that requires so much patience. Every kid with special needs simply needs people to believe in them and Sadie is one of those amazing teachers who's out there doing that. Thank you!!
This video is spectacular thanks for sharing! I have my sister who has the inability to speak and my sister also has autism and my sister just graduated last year from high school for special needs! Beautiful video I can completely relate! Thanks for sharing thank you very much💗😇🎆😊
I am happy to hear that after watching this video that many people have been encouraged and are possibly thinking or are working towards their degree in special education. However, I want to remind people that this is a very tough job, and you don't get to pick and choose your special needs students. There are some difficult times. I am a mother of a severely autistic boy. Throughout his academic career, we have experienced an array of special educators. Many of whom had special education degrees that emphasized in autism. Even with all their education and degrees, many lacked what it took to become a great special education teacher. My son has severe behavior problems and at times can be difficult to manage. It takes someone with great patience, and love to be able to work with people with special needs. I don't want to discourage anyone, but I also want to be realistic. You don't get to pick and choose who becomes you student, and it won't always be pleasant. It may seem thankless at times, but if you're strong enough, you will see through all the difficult times and know that it is all worth it.
for those of you on special-education get out now before it's too late I was in special-education for 10 years I did no school or anything nothing my teachers were so racist to me teachers are only making money they treat the white kids respect but us Colors kids get treated very bad I also cannot stand how these teachers are saying that they care about the students of disable this is a lie they don't care they only care about the money once you join special ed you don't get a diploma you get an IEP Depalma back into thousand 15 I decided to reply to college they didn't except me because I didn't have a regular diploma I was so mad at the school and so mad at myself and I cannot find a job social workers are not doing nothing to help me in my opinion special ed is nothing but a A jail system if you want special that you have no future thank you for reading my comments
Sadie, I am a special ed. teacher near SF, and am familiar with your school. Great innovative idea and awesome teaching! I am inspired to try something similar with my students to teach them real world math skills!
I do fully understand that there are students who are either cognitively &/or physically challenged which is why a program like this would possibly be best suited for them, but respectfully,....when these students graduate from elementary schools & high schools within the same program, don't you think they are getting less education within that program? If you think about this, the kind of education which they may need within today's world,..the kind of education which is advanced beyond basic, don't you think those students would need that kind of education? After all, they do have that right. I do fully understand with your education degree, you are qualified to think on your own as to develop some kind of learning style, so you can successfully teach those kids the education they need & hope they do fully understand it. Teaching those kinds the basic kind of education is fine to a degree, but the basic education will only cover you of the very minimum of what you need to know to hold down a typical job & I'm sure that's it.
The advanced type of education is also what the students do need & they have the right to learn about it. There are plenty of teachers who would say something along the lines of,"You can't learn this because it's too hard for you". My first thoughts on that is,"Well how would you know? You're a teacher, not a cognitive psychologist. Just because I have a learning disability, that doesn't mean my ability to learn is disabled & I can't learn new education at all. Yes I'm a slow learner,...but that doesn't mean I can't learn at all. How about you teach me this, and I'll show you that I can learn & understand this. I may even surprise you".
McKellar the people in this program are actually receiving a superior education. In a "normal" class students are forced to learn verbatim whats in their textbooks. In miss Sadies coffee cart program these students are being taught skills they can use throughout their life.
28 people who disliked this video have no life and are heartless. i am really interested in this fulfilling profession. However, I hear a lot of bullshit stories that it is hard and many teachers leave the profession in a couple of years. I just cant think of anything else to do! This video inspires me.
i cry like a baby. i have an aunt who has down syndrome and she is as happy as a seven year old, always talking that she has a new purse and a new comb. we say people like my aunt are disabled--yes we're right, they are disabled from doing evil things, they are incapable of doing evil things and speak hurtful words. truly, we are the true disable people.
I was in special education for 1 year. When I realized "What education!?" It was pointless in there to try and catch up. I then decided to get a paper route to pay for the tutor and realized the class was for mentally retarded children. I was in need of special education as in a leg up not lied to and locked in a rubber room. Consequently I finally learned to read in 3rd grade better than any teacher I had.
I don't think that special ed should exist. It's just horrible, it doesn't help anybody and it wastes the taxpayer's money. Only regular ed should exist. The general public thinks that special ed kids don't count.
I'm in a special class because I'm autistic and because when I was younger before I started elementary school I had really BAD behavioral problems and I wouldn't really listen to the teachers I would just run all over the place and it's very hard for them to get my attention.
I was in special education for Borderline/Mild General Learning Disability (Also know as borderline/mild mental retardation as a child. I actually refer to using GLD in the place of intellectual disability or mental retardation because it is least offensive, inappropriate, or unsuitable for my circumstances.Mental retardation is a outdated, offensive, unacceptable labeling reference to certain people. In the past it was used in negative manner which lead some to believe the reference to be offence as well as inaccurate. MR is a unfavourable labeling and teachers need to respect that some people disapprove of the old terms once used.). I take Ritalin and Zoloft to treat my bipolar depression, PTSD, social anxiety, including ADD/ADHD. People would dare not to use MR as the labeling or elae: It might spell curiosity that killed the cat for using offensive terms. With all respects use the updated term.
This video made my day. I have a brother with special needs and I have learned a lot from him and many other special kids. This is so inspiring. Wonderful job. I admire this teacher. All my love to her and this fantastic kids
Dear Sadie, What an inspiration you are to your own community and the global community as well! Your coffee cart idea is so innovative and truly gives evidence of how expectation is everything! Please post more videos!
I had the pleasure of meeting Sadie this past summer. She mentioned she was a special education teacher, but I had no idea the amazing and inspiring work she was doing.
This is a wonderful series, Soul Pancake!
i was once put in special ed class cause the computer got mixed up but the special ed kids were kinda creative and nice i was friends with one he was autistic lets call him jake now this kid was the most friendly kid i met but one day he was getting bullied saying "whats 2 plus 2" cause he had trouble in mathamatics and when i was going to help he stood up get this and straight out roasted the kid saying you only bully me cause im smaller and (stutters and) im not intelligent really he said intelligent cause i was reading his problems autistic idk what the other thing was and couldn't pronounce intelligent or other words but when he finished roasting him (he gets personal so i cant say anything else)he just runs back to class i remebered his sentence cause im not going lie in middle school i was smaller and kinda dumb but i kept saying "life is unfair to nice people but things get better for them"but im getting off topic pretty cool video i kinda cried
This video is fantastic! We host a special needs connection group and have an adopted daughter with multiple special needs. I have a dream of doing something along this line for our community to help the special needs families learn skills and feel accepted just as they are! You are such an inspiration!
Ms Sadie,you are an amazing role model.I am from Greece,have just finished my high school exams and want to become a special education teacher.I think it is one of the most rewarding professions.This summer I will be attending a volunteer program helping special needs children.This video means so much to me so thank you for sharing.Again thank you for all that you do!!!!
Ms. Sadie Guthrie, I, too am a special educator. We have more than just that in common. You see, while attending a workshop on Mod/Severe disabilities a teacher told me of his coffee business. I thought, what a great way to get all kids involved in job skills and in experiencing education with other students and staff. We started after the first of the year (Feb) and sell our coffee to teachers and staff at our school. The kids were hesitant to start, but they sure make great baristas now. I like the way you have your list of jobs to do and give them examples of how to do their jobs. I have students with M/S disabilities and they all enjoy Monday's and Friday's when they can serve coffee. I like the way you serve food too and how you get it! We live in a rather rural town in Northern CA and we have just started taking public transit to get from place to place. Thank you for posting your story online! I needed your story and a special thank you to Susan Frediani who shared your video with me.
There is totally no fun in segregation as it only scars and stigmatize the child-victim for life. It makes as much moral sense and even less than public schools for white children only in the southeastern US in 1950's and i believe in it so strongly that I will die believing it!!!!
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