Thursday, July 31, 2014

What's In Your Cart?! Linky!

Have you heard, TpT is throwing a HUGE back to school sale!  And I'm participating!!  

Here are a few new items I recently added to my store:
And my newest bundles!!

Jenna over at Speech Room News is hosting again a "What's In Your Cart?" linky so all of us tpt sellers/bloggers can share what items we plan on purchasing.  This can help you get ideas!!

Nonfiction Texts with English Language Arts Targets {Fall Edition} by Nicole Allison at Speech Peeps

Prediction Comic Strips – A Focused Reading Skills Activity by Teri and Tiff's Creative Resources

and tons of clip art so I can create more materials for you!

Cause & Effect Pictures! (plus TpT news!)

I am always trying to find creative ways to work on higher level skills without seeming like a reading teacher.  I recently created my Inferencing Pictures activity.  Since cause & effect is another skill my students struggle with and I'm often working on, I created a similar activity for this goal!
Using this activity:
-Print (and laminate) all picture cards provided.
-Show images to students.  Have them describe what they see.  Then have them read and answer the question provided.  42 cards included!
-Visual aid provided to assist in understanding how to infer.

-Graphic organizer is included to help generate responses as well.  

I recommend using this activity with older elementary and middle school students.  You can access this activity in my TpT store by clicking HERE!

If you haven't heard, TpT is holding a back to school sale!!  Time to stock up on supplies for the new year at a HUGE discount!!  I'm participating, so you can get up to 28% off!!!  Click HERE to view my entire store!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sequencing Post Office (app review!)

Another great app has been released by Virtual Speech Center.  They were generous to provide me with a copy to try and share with you!  Remember, the thoughts and opinions are all mine!

This app uses an adorable post office theme to work on sequencing.  I am always looking for new and creative ways to work on this skill.  My students struggle so much with it!!

Here is a view of the settings tab that can be found on the main page but also accessed while using the activity.  You can set if you want a score sound, how many sounds, if you want to show the score, and whether or not you want to enable an award (and how long it would last).  You can also back  up data and restore data from this page.  This is HUGE!!  Always back up!  You never know when technology can fail on you!

When you hit "start" you are brought the the "select students" page.  Here you can add students names you plan on using this app with.  You can set it up ahead of time or right as you take out your iPad to use it with student(s).  Like all Virtual Speech Center apps, you can store many student profiles and use the app with multiple students at a time.  LOVE to use with groups!  It is so easy to add students.  Just hit the tab "add student"!  Once added, click their names so you see a check mark and hit "next" to start!

Once you hit "next" you are able to select activities for each student.  Love that you can individualize for each student working with and students don't have to know they are working on different activities/goals.  Some examples of activities: making a sandwich, making pizza, baking cookies, doing the laundry, getting dressed, shaving, and wrapping a present.  These activities are functional, appropriate, and motivating for students of all ages.  You can select all of them or just one at a time.  Since it is summer, I will show you the activity, "making a sand castle."

Once you start an activity, students are presented with a cute mailman character that introduces activity.  He tells them that once they earn enough points they can earn a game.  You can click "skip" if you like to skip this feature.

In the activity, students are presented with 4 images and 4 slots to move them to make the sequence.  Once students move the pictures, they are informed with a sound to let them know if they are correct or incorrect.  They are able to try again if incorrect.  Just hit the green arrow.  

On the top of the screen, you can see it lets you know how many pictures are presented (4).  If desired, you can switch that number and students are presented with more or less images to sequence.

Once students sequence, you can have them express the sequence.  There is a record and playback button so they can record and hear their responses.  They can assess their own work!

Once done with that activity, hit "next" to work on another sequence already preset, have another student take a turn, or finish and see the data/scores.  

On the session report, you can email report or just let it stay stored in the app.  

You can also access reports from the main page.  Scores are sorted by user, goal, and date which makes it easy to find!  This is great for progress monitoring and planning future sessions.
Learn more about this $4.99 app by visiting Virtual Speech Center's website or iTunes!

Scheduling Would Be Easier If... (tips, ideas, and a freebie!)

Scheduling is probably the most HATED aspect of the job.  Many dread going back to school after a relaxing summer because of it.

I recently posted on my Facebook page the statement for you to finish: "Scheduling would be easier if..."  Below were the common or funniest responses:

  • If I didn't have to do it
  • If teachers were flexible
  • If I had a magic wand
  • If I was retired
  • If I was the only service provider
  • If someone else did it for me
  • If I was a millionaire
  • If I could get kids whenever I wanted them
  • If the administration didn't change the schedule
  • If I could group kids based on goals not availability
  • and so many more....hop on over to my page to see them!
My one word of advice...RELAX!  It will get done, it always gets done!  What do I do?!

  • Go through entire caseload, double check mandates, find out what classrooms everyone is in and see what other services they are receiving
  • I use Excel and make spreadsheets to help keep myself organized
  • I walk around to each teacher to let them know that I have a student in their classrooms on my caseload and to make sure I have their up to date class schedules
  • I make sure with administration there are or aren't any "blocked" times I am not allowed to pull students from 
  • Grab a blank schedule: either draw it onto a HUGE dry erase board, make it on a file folder, use it directly on a computer, or print it out and work on a piece of paper.  Do whatever works best for you!
  • I like to go through each student and write down what times they are available.  See if there are similarities in availability with students of similar age/grade/goal (if ideally possible!)
  • Start plugging these slots into your schedule.  Move around if necessary.  Be's going to change once you find out when the social workers, OTs, PTs, resource room teachers, and others need these students!  I like to create groups, write them onto Post-Its and move the post-its around the template!
  • Write in pencil or something that can be erased!!
  • Each time you change your schedule, DATE IT!!!  There are so many times I forget which version was the most recent one!!
How else do I stay calm, organized, and focused?!  I give memos to teachers with their students' speech times.  This allows for quick transfer of communication and they can easily let me know if there are conflicts by writing on the memo back!  I have shared my memo used as a FREEBIE in my TpT store!  It is so easy to use.  All you have to do is complete it with the student's name, circle the days of the week and write in the time!  

You can access it by clicking HERE!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Quick Articulation Data Forms! (ideas and a freebie!!)

I've been browsing the speech therapy Facebook groups a lot lately.  It seems like data collection is a HOT topic!  People have been asking about forms, methods, etc.  I have also seen people talk about 5 minute articulation programs.  Yes, there are quick articulation programs commercially available (I have reviewed on my blog two programs currently available -- check them out by clicking HERE and HERE!).  But I also like to create my own programs that can be individualized for my specific students! Soooo....I created my own form that I can easily use to create a program and collect easy data!
This form I plan to use this next school year.  Before the student comes to speech, I will fill out a chart section.  Each section has 10 slots for a "target."  What can the target include:

  • sounds in isolation
  • CV, VC, or CVC words or nonsense words
  • words
  • phrases
  • sentences
  • or anything!
I have a slot of the top for the date, place to put + or - to mark data and a place on the bottom for total results.  I plan on photocopying this form double sided and making MANY copies and placing them in a file folder on my desk.  Once I start completing these forms, I can keep them in the students folder, file in my filing cabinet, or in my data collection book that I keep for ALL my students.  Learn more about this book by clicking HERE.

How will I create my word lists??  It depends on the student!!  Do I need one syllable, two, or more??  Have they mastered some words but not others??  Do I was minimal pairs?  There are TONS of word lists available on the internet!  One of my favorite websites to grab word lists is Home Speech Home.

I know I am looking forward to this method since it is easy to prepare, use, and collect data. You can access this form in my TpT store FREE by clicking HERE!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Inferencing Pictures!

I have many students on my caseload working on inferencing.  I try to target this skill at all levels (pictures, sentences, paragraphs, and stories).  I often run out of materials to target inferencing at the picture level.  Well...I created a new activity to fix that!

Using this activity:
-Print (and laminate) all picture cards provided.

-Show images to students.  Have them describe what they see.  Then have them read and answer the question provided.  42 cards included!

-Visual aid provided to assist in understanding how to infer.

-Graphic organizer is included to help generate responses as well.  Spaces included for writing about 10 cards.
You can access this activity in my TpT store by clicking HERE!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to School Roll, Say & Color VERBS! (freebie!)

My roll, say and color articulation activities are such a hit I decided to create a fun one that can be used to target verbs in a variety of ways!!
Grab 2 dice, print the page of the target sound working on, and some crayons and you are ready!  No laminating involved!

Students roll the two dice.  One dice will tell them which row to look at.  The second dice will tell them to count across to determine the verb! 

You can have students use these verbs to work on the following goals:
–Expressing present, past, or future tenses
–Determining if it is a regular or irregular verb
–Using verbs in a complete sentence
–Using verbs to ask a question
–Use the verb to tell a story

–Or more!

To grab this freebie, hop on over and "like" my Facebook page!!  Then visit the "free downloads" tab!!  It is as simple as that!!  Already a fan, well then just grab it!  If you like it, leave a comment, it may inspire me to create more similar to this in the future :)
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