Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Special Education Masters of Arts in Special Education Michigan Teaching Certificate: Elementary, K-5 all subjects Cognitive Impairments, K-12 Learning Disabilities, K-12
Mrs. Elizabeth Craven
My name is Elizabeth Craven. I go by the nickname, Betsy. I started teaching in 2003. I love my position teaching Leisure and Recreation (Enrichment) program. Each year, I search for more fun and informative activities for our students. I have a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, teaching students with cognitive impairments from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Arts in Special Education, teaching students with learning disabilities from Oakland University.
I understand that your student comes with unique experiences, interests and learning styles. My goal is to truly get to know the student and use this knowledge to guide, support and motivate them. I want to expose the student to a variety of leisure/ recreation activities that they will be able to incorporate into their home life.
Description of Leisure and Recreation:
Leisure and Recreation class is one of the supportive elective classes that is offered to the Skill Center classes. For a half hour a day, the students are provided with a variety of experiences that help with the life role of recreation and leisure. Students participate in a meaningful range of art, crafts, games, hobbies, and many other leisure activities, which can enhance the student’s quality of life. The students practice appropriate social skills and sportsmanship while engaging in these activities.
Students work towards the school wide PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports) goals each session.
- Be Safe
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
Students receive a point for achieving these goals during the session. Once the whole class earns their target number of points, the students receive a "FREE LEISURE DAY". A "FREE LEISURE DAY" is a day when the students may engage in the leisure activity of their choice. A class-elected student leader directs the students in identifying their goals and calculates points.
Consequences for not achieving goals
Strike 1: Warning
Strike 2: Lose a point. Grade goes down.
Strike 3: Student will be removed from the group and parent may be called.
All students who attend Leisure and Recreation receive a grade each ten week session on the following areas:
-Participation on leisure activities
-Participation during friendship lessons
Students receive a grade ranging from a “5” (full participation) to
“1” (Does not participate).
Class Dojo is a website/app that connects parents with daily student progress in Leisure and Recreation. Each day, family members can check online to see if their student received their goal point. Class Dojo also provides an easy line of communication with an instant messenger feature as well as class announcement area. If you and your student want to join, please contact me to get your sign in code.
Education is a partnership between home and school. In order for this partnership to be effective, we need to be able to communicate.
Please feel free to call, write a note, or e-mail me if you have concerns or questions about your student’s education.