My student is in high school and still cannot read or do basic math. What should I be teaching them?

A student in high school needs to be getting ready for a real, functional life. The work and activities they participate in daily should reflect that. Reading tasks do not have to be story based anymore (they have spent the last 10 years learning to read stories). Instead, reading can be more for information gathering, invitations, sales, advertisements, and/or safety signs. Math should be focused on money, measuring, and/or time. Making all of their tasks personally significant to them can really help with motivation and understanding of the task. Make sure to look at the skills they are really going to need after school. Where are they going to live? What kind of job will they have? Who will be taking care of them?

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