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CCQ volunteers learn about special ed techniques

Roundtable discussion on teaching techniquesOn July 7, Merriley Smith, a retired special education teacher, shared her expertise in teaching students with challenges in a roundtable discussion with CCQ instructors. We find that some CCQ students have a variety of learning challenges. Some have cognitive impairment from past drug use while others lack a basic education. In these situations Merriley recommends using techniques that special ed teachers use with students who have attention deficit disorder. Some of these techniques include using simple language, making eye contact, giving directions with a minimum of steps, showing examples of the quilting techniques being taught and offering appropriate affirmation and praise.


Volunteer opportunity with CCQ

Coffee Creek Quilters teaches quilting to women in prison and currently there is a need for another instructor to help teach the Wednesday evening class. Prior teaching experience isn’t required, but we need someone with at least advanced-beginner quilting skills and a willingness to work with a wide variety of student learning styles. Patience, good listening skills, and compassion are essential. There are four other instructors and 20 students in the class. Classes are held every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility dining room. CCCF is located at 24499 SW Grahams Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR. Please contact us at 503-257-1320 or for additional information.

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