First, I am excited to announce that I am a guest blogger today on Speech Room News! Click HERE to head on over there and read up on evidence-based vocabulary strategies!
Okay, so I finally came up with a use for all my school pictures. You know the type-the kind every teacher/staff member is required to get, along with the students. I've always disliked this and never knew what to do with all those pictures! They almost always found their way to the bottom of my trash can. Not this year!
Carry-over of skills is hard. Many of my articulation kiddos can say the sounds but forget to say them in the classroom with their friends or teacher. I’ve been known to jokingly say to some of my students “Just imagine a little Mrs. Allison there on your shoulder in your class-reminding you to say your “good sounds.” Okay, I know I sound a little desperate but I am willing to stoop low for these students to master these skills.
Bingo! I came up with a use for my pictures! I simply cut out a little speech bubble (download HERE) and tape it onto my picture. I keep a few pictures on my counter and for students who are able to say the sound but are working on carry-over, I offer one to them to tape on their desk. I always keep it voluntary. I mean, I wouldn’t want to look at me all day either!
The result was surprising!
My kiddos love it! “Mrs. Allisons” have been popping up in several classrooms on desks at the elementary. Teachers and my principal laugh when seeing my picture but say it is working in their rooms! Even students that don't receive speech all of a sudden want their own "Mrs. Allison" on their desk. So…as long as you don’t mind your picture in a few classrooms-brave the laughter and try this out!
Do you have any neat carry-over activities or techniques? I’d love to hear about them!