I have quite a few high school students who are interested in going to college. One student who is a high school sophomore has already written a list of schools she would possibly like to attend, and another student who recalls a field trip he took to a local state college as a memorable life experience.
I wanted to develop a lesson plan for these students that would include this interest of theirs with as many mobility skills and techniques that I could squeeze together. It has also been a major plus doing this at the same time with multiple students because it makes lesson planning easier, I just tweak a few things for each students individual needs.
- Make a list of local colleges. They can be either community or state schools. If your student has a particular interest like the arts, see if there is an art school nearby too.
- Visit the school’s website to check parking policies. Usually community colleges have visitor parking up to 40 minutes but you may need to buy a day pass at state schools. If you have a handicap placard make sure you don’t need a pass before parking for a longer period.
- Print out a school map! Of course try and visit the school beforehand if you can.
- Take your student to the school and have them use the map to find major points of interest. Here are some possible POI: BUS STOPS, student center, student store, cafeteria, library, theater, math, English, art, and science buildings, counseling and advisement, financial aid, cashiers office, computer lab, tutoring center
- Take another trip to the school using public transportation
- Have the student take a solo ride using public transportation
- Hopefully by the end of a few college visits your student will have developed an opinion about pros and cons of each school
This same process can be used for places a student might want to get their first part time job. I like my students to tell me places they would like to visit because I hope it will motivate them to participate and enjoy mobility time.