Sunday, April 27, 2014

Love It & List It: Behavior Management

(Update: 09/10/2016: Look for a new post soon. Since this post, the stickers are gone from my room!
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This month's theme is Behavior.  Big thanks to Jenna at The Speech Room News for hosting linky every month!
The behavior management system I use is my "tried & true" system.  I've tweaked it here and there over the past 29 years, but it's basically the same:
At the beginning of the year, I use my "Super Duper Job Slips" (from Pick a Peck of Lessons by Kathy Shurley):
Each student starts out with 5; if I have to tell them more than once to follow procedures, I start taking them away for every infraction.  I don't say anything, just take 1 away.   They have to have at least 1 left to get a sticker on their sticker chart From Super Duper's . (He can earn an extra sticker by bringing his homework back with a helper's signature.)
If he loses all of his slips (I warn them before taking the last one), he gets a "sad face" instead of a sticker.  When the row is completed with stickers (and no sad faces), he earns a trip to the prize box.  (I get mine from Super Duper.)   If he has a sad face, then he doesn't get a prize. 
I realize that this isn't "positive reinforcement", but it works.  I had a coworker tell me that she had a very unruly group, and once she tried the slips, she didn't have any more trouble out of them.
Usually after about a month I don't have to get the slips out, but the students will still ask for them.  If a group starts getting rowdy, all I have to do is ask if I need to get the Super Job Slips back out, and they whip back into shape!
I started something different with my 4th & 5th graders this year.  I found these cash incentives (by MrWatts) as a freebie on TpT:
 
When I had groups of 4th graders (I don't have any 5th graders on my caseload right now), the group had to get $6 x the number of students in the group to earn either free time on the iPad or a trip to the prize box (their choice).  So, if I had 3 students in the group, they had to earn $18.  I chose 6 as the magic number because, on the sticker charts, 6 stickers had to be earned to go to the prize box.
To alleviate any arguments about whose turn it is to go first (on game days), I put an asterisk beside that person on my data sheet.  I rotate it, so everybody has a fair chance to go first.  If a student is absent on that day, I move it to the next person.
I ran into a Resource Teacher that I used to work with, and she told me about using a rain gauge with one of her students.  She happened to have a picture on her phone, and was nice enough to send it to me so I could include it in this post!  (Thanks, Janice!!!)
 When the gauge is filled up with poms, the student earns his prize, whatever has been decided on.  I thought it was a great idea!

Don't forget to go to The Speech Room News and see what everybody else is doing for behavior management!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Week in Review 04/25/14

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  5 Minute Day:
We were all about Earth Day on Monday &  Tuesday!  One station used Earth Roll & Cover, which is part of 3 Dinosaurs' Earth Day Learning Pack.  I used my magnetic poms as markers.
For another station, I used "Earth Day" from Super Duper's Holiday & Seasonal Chipper Chat.

Monday, April 21, 2014

What Setting is Right for You?

When I first started taking classes to become a Speech Pathologist, the school setting appealed to me.  I liked the pace of it, and I really liked the "time off".  I have to admit:  that was the big draw for me (especially when I started having children of my own).  Another one was that I could work in the schools with my Bachelor's Degree.  I was extremely fortunate that my parents were able to pay for my college without me taking out any kind of loans.  I had no idea how I would  have paid for grad school if I continued.  (The agreement was that they would pay for 4 years; after that I was on my own.)  My grades weren't the best...they were okay, but definitely not the best.  Let's just say that I had a great time and have some very fond memories of undergrad school!  That being said, I wasn't very confident that I could even get into a program.
Of course I had practicums in the school clinic, as well as having one in the schools.  Since, at that time, you could work in the schools with a Bachelor's, that was what the program was geared toward.  
Fast forward 3 years later.  During my grad school program, my practicums were again at the school clinic, and a private clinic.  I never did a hospital rotation since I was already working in the schools, and knew thought I wanted to stay there.  After my private clinic rotation, I knew that I didn't want that setting.  1 on 1 therapy actually kind of bored me; I was used to having 2-5 students in one group, so 1:1 was just too slow.  Then, there was the mom who was upset because I didn't give her son a treat at the end of the session because he didn't deserve it.  There was no way I could deal with that on a day to day basis!  
How do you determine which setting is right for you?   

Friday, April 18, 2014

Week in Review: 04/18/2014


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Week in Review is a weekly linky party.  I know there are several speech bloggers that highlight their weekly activities, so I thought it would be a good idea to have them all in one place.  Sounds convenient, right?  Click on the "Week in Review" tab above to get the details.


What a week!  I was going to say that this week flew by, but then I remembered that it was only a 4-day week!

   5 Minute Day
As almost always, I had a listening station for auditory bombardment.  Articulate It! (Smarty Ears)  is great to use for this!
One station did the following activity from Easter Roll & Covers (FREE from Carrie Manchester):
They took these home for homework.
Another station (for my 4-people groups) used this gem from 3 Dinosaurs:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Waffs

Here are a few things that I heard/saw this week:

From Oh the Places We'll Go Elementary Resources:


I told a group of 1st graders on Monday that I would be giving them their homework that day since I had to do some preschool testing on Wed., and we were off on Friday.  One of the girls in the group said, "Yeah, because it's Fabulous Friday"; to which I responded, "You mean Good Friday"?  

I went to get a 4th grader since she didn't come on her own.  I told her "I was waiting and waiting, but didn't come."  She then patted my arm and whispered, "I'm sorry I took your time!"

I hope at least one of these made you smile, even if it was just a little!

"When they stop making me laugh, I'll know it's time to get out!"

Friday, April 11, 2014

Week in Review: 04/11/2014

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Week in Review is a weekly linky party.  I know there are several speech bloggers that highlight their weekly activities, so I thought it would be a good idea to have them all in one place.  Sounds convenient, right?  Click on the "Week in Review" tab above to get the details.

I went a little crazy with "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick"  (by Lucille Colandro):  I have 3 companion packets, plus I snagged some materials from 3 Dinosaurs for my little ones.  

   Five Minute Day:
I used the Homework Packet for the book from Simply Speech, and it was FREE! The kids looked through the book for words that have their sound in it.
For another station, I used a new app (to me):  Articulation Scenes by Smarty Ears.

We used "Find the hidden items" as the listening station.  It was something different for them.
For my large groups, I put this on the Smartboard:
It is an attendance activity that I modified by splitting the fish bowl into 3 different sections (beginning, middle, and end), and put /r/ words under the fish.  They moved the fish (and the word) into the correct section of the board.  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday "Waffs"

A first grader at my "mountain" school:  I don't speak English...I speak country.

Kindergarteners on the playground:  A group of little girls came up and told their teacher they saw a sign of spring...they saw a little sprout coming out of the ground. (Too sweet!)

Right after that, a couple of kids came up to inform the teachers that there was a little boy eating dirt!  We got quite a laugh!

"When they stop making me laugh, I'll know it's time to get out!"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Take the TpT Plunge Linky!




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I'm linking up with The Dabbling Speechie's TpT Linky!  Even though I'm not a seller, I love finding freebies on TpT, but I really love purchasing material!!!

One of the first things I bought from TpT was Zombie Chase and Zombie Out Open Ended Games from Dean Trout's Little Shop of SLP.  I pulled it out around Halloween, and my kids LOVED it!  They were all about the Zombies!
 
One of my favorite purchases has to be Cut, Sort, and Glue! Activities for the Entire Year! from Miss Speechie. This has been a lifesaver for me with my Pre-K kids.  Vocabulary, categorizing, and saying complete sentences are all worked on when I use these.

 
I'm going to cheat here and add another favorite product.  I'm not a seller on TpT, so that gives me another "share", right?
I can't finish this post without mentioning ANY of the book companion packets that I've purchased.  Any of  Jenn Alcorn's and Mindy Stenger's are great, and I've discovered Jennifer Hanson's companion packets that are exceptionally wonderful for Pre-K since they include icons and extra visuals.(In fact, I purchased 3 different companion packets for "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick" because they all looked so great!  I'm spending a couple of weeks on it since I have so much to do!!!)
If you're a TpT Seller, I can't thank you enough for your quality materials!  The excitement they bring me (and my students!) is immeasurable!  In fact, my husband asked me the other day why, after 29 years of working in the field, I was still making stuff.  He said he would have thought that I would have had enough materials already. I tried to explain how much excitement it brings to me and the kids.  It's nice to have such pretty, professional materials that target specific objectives. My only problem is that I have quite a few things that I've purchased that I have printed out yet!  
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!


Now skip over to Felicia's and see what great things everybody else has purchased, or is having a lot of success selling!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Week in Review: 04/04/2014

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Week in Review is a weekly linky party.  I know there are several speech bloggers that highlight their weekly activities, so I thought it would be a good idea to have them all in one place.  Sounds convenient, right?  Click on the "Week in Review" tab above to get the details.

Only 7 more Mondays for me!  (Yes, the countdown is ON!)

 Gameday:
I didn't have a 5 Minute Day this week due to Visual Phonics Training.  I had the students' homework ready to give to them on Monday & Tuesday.  For Gameday, we played "April Showers Open Ended Board Game" from Dean Trout.  (FREE!)


 For the dice, I used the "Make Dice" app by hnm.  ($2.99, but I think I snatched it when it went free.)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How Do You Use It?! Popsicle Sticks

I'm a little late to the party, but better late than never, no?  Speech Time Fun is hosting this month's party, and it's all about Popsicle Sticks.

Sadly, I only have 1 use for them at this point (until I read everybody else's posts!).  I use them to help stabilize the jaw when working on /r/.  If a child is moving his/her mouth when sliding the tongue back after making /i/ or /a/, I will put the stick sideways on his molars so that they are biting on it.  This also keeps the mouth open just enough for him to produce the good /r/.  If the stick moves...he moved his mouth.  The goal is to have the stick not move.

When I heard Char Boshart talk on her technique for making a good /r/ (the technique that I adopted with just a couple of tweaks), she mentioned that she doesn't use popsicle sticks for this because they were getting broken while the child had it in his mouth.  Knock on wood...this has never happened to me!
I found some mustaches at the Dollar Tree a while back.  I was going to glue them onto popsicle sticks and use them as Mia in Putting Words in Your Mouth suggested, but I've just never gotten around to it!  I tried the paper moustaches, but I don't know if I didn't use the right size or what...it didn't work for me.  The ones I found at the store are bigger, and will probably work better!

Head over Speech Time Fun and see the ideas others have linked up with!
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