Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Organizing Your Data for Progress Reports: Part 2 (Reporting Homework)

As I started plugging away with my progress reports for this reporting period, I started counting how many times a student brought back his homework with a parent signature. Then I realized there was a much easier way; it was super easy and super quick! 
I've explained how in the following video:
Questions? Ask them below in the comment section & I'll get back to you. Or, email me at tnslp29@gmail.com !

Friday, December 9, 2016

{Looking Ahead} Let the Celebration Begin!

Things are about to get crazy around here! Next week is the last week before break, and there are going to be so many things happening in both of my schools that it's going to be hit or miss for most of the week. 
I'm not even worrying about 5 Minute Day or homework. The kids have more important things on their minds...like SANTA!!!  🎅
This is going to be a stress-free, holiday cheerful kind of week. We're going to start off the week playing a Team Game. The kids will work together to make sure the stockings are on the mantle before Santa is ready for his visit.
My preschoolers are going to use the Gingerbread Articulation Play Dough Mats from Small Talk SLP. 
For the end of the week, my older kids get to play Christmas Bop to see who will score the most points.
My younger kids (Preschool, Kinder, and 1st Grades) are going to do a craftivity: Santa's Stuck! from All Students Can Shine. She doesn't have this in her TpT Store, or on her blog, which is really too bad, because it's super-cute!
The craftivity is something my SpEd students can do, too; it's great for following directions and basic concepts. 
I'm attending 2 parties next week: 1 of my schools is holding their party off-campus, and the SLPs are getting together after school for our annual party in a local restaurant. We'll have an ornament exchange, food, and great conversation.
Do your schools have staff parties? If so, are they on or off campus?
What about the SLPs?
I hope you and yours have the Merriest Christmas possible.





Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Organizing Your Data for Progress Reports: Part 1

The dreaded progress reports. We all have to do them; I've never heard anyone admit to enjoying completing them. I found a way to complete my progress reports quickly, without having to shuffle papers. Using Google Forms to keep track of my data, it was a snap to finish progress reports last 9 weeks. Here's how I did it:
video
I can't thank Marisha at Road to Speech for her great tutorial on using Google Forms for Data. It's been a tremendous help so far!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

{Looking Ahead} Bears & Christmas

Photo by Thomas Lefebvre
The countdown to Christmas is ON! I love the "Bear" books, and it's time for Bear Stays Up for Christmas (Karma Wilson) in the rotation. 

5 Minute Day
I like to kill 2 birds with one stone, so using an activity that will get homework ready fits the bill. The students look through circulars, find pictures that contain their target sound, and glue them on their chosen picture. Don't need an independent activity? You can have your students do this to keep busy while they're waiting for their turn.
You can find the activity here.
Packet
Crazy Speech World's book companion has an open-ended game, as well as comprehension questions to work on 'wh' questions.

Follow Directions
I'm using Listening for Basic Concepts All Year 'Round (Brenda Brumbaugh) for my students working on following directions. This week's concepts are tough ones: behind and in front of. 

Lower Language
Another interactive book by Chapel Hill Snippets:
These are great to use for basic concepts and making complete sentences, along with Speech Universe's Winter Interactive Books.

Things are crazy for the next 2 weeks as I try to make sure meetings for new placements are held before Christmas Break. With the break and then iffy weather in January, it's imperative to have those meetings as soon as I can so I don't run over my 60 days! 

Are things as crazy for you, or are you on the "downslide"?


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