First of all, I just would like to say “Thank You” for supporting my little store during Cyber Monday. TPT broke all sorts of records for the amount of products that were bought. (See my last post for some items I splurged on). I am still constantly amazed that other therapists and teachers are using my products in their rooms. Your positive feedback and encouragement keeps me creating!
Next, I would like to take a moment to recognize some of our very own amazing bloggers out there that are making such a difference in our profession.
First, Jenna Rayburn of Speech Room News was recently featured in the TPT monthly newsletter. You go girl! You are bringing spotlight to our profession and getting the word out about all we do! Not to mention, you have helped thousands of SLPs like myself become better therapists with your versatile and well thought-out materials. Thanks for all you do, Jenna!
Next, Cheri of If I Only Had Super Powers was featured in the latest ASHA Leader. I absolutely LOVE Cheri’s blog for her great ideas (especially with her use of visuals) and her amazing sense of humor! Whenever I need a laugh at the end of the day, I head on over to her blog 🙂
I also wanted to share what Mrs. Allison’s speech room has been up to (post-Thanksgiving break). We had our first snow-covering Tuesday and I am ready for it! We’ve been doing some very “cool” things in the speech room concerning snow :-).
My usual incentive program (Super Speechie) is being abandoned for the time being (leading up to Christmas) and replaced with this one. The kids seem super excited about it!
I saw this really cute bulletin board idea over at Sugar and Spice and knew I had to somehow incorporate it into speech. So….I made my own “Good Speech is “Snow” Problem for Us!”
Every year, I am fortunate enough to work in a district that allows me to bring in a treat for my kiddos at Christmas time. I usually bring in cupcakes or cookies to decorate. (I’ve even incorporated a “following directions” lesson decorating with icing!). This year though, I decided the treat should be up to the kids.
I made this bulletin board with three sections (sugar cookies, cupcakes, and candy).
When the students are demonstrating good behavior (or going up on their clipboard), they receive 1 snowflake. They can choose where to place the snowflake on the bulletin board. The square with the most snowflakes at Christmas is the treat I bring in!
The kids love it! If you can’t bring in food, there are other ways you could do this bulletin board too. If they build a snowball to the top, perhaps they can have their choice of game at Christmas.
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True Story: My first, straight-out-of-school job I had the pleasure of sitting down with the retiring SLP whom I would be replacing. After getting me acclimated with #allthenewthings she sat me down and gave me insight on a few students. One student in particular she stressed to me how important it was to build a good rapport with. Well, me being a green, fresh, excited-about-my-first-job-with-a-paycheck graduate, I was slow to heed her advice. Eager to gather all the baselines on my brand-new students and demonstrate my amazing data-taking abilities, I jumped into assessing them the very first day, and this student was no exception. As you can guess, the plan failed miserably. As in total meltdown, hated coming to speech for quite a few weeks after, and it took several months actually to start building the rapport that I should I have established in the beginning. #firstyearmistakes #dontdowhatIdid
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