The thought of a new year is very exciting! It is means a clean slate and time to try new things. Did you try some things in therapy this past year that were a hit?! Did you try some that flopped? I can definitely answer YES to both. So this year here are my speech-o-lutions…
1. Be More Organized
It’s cliche’ I know but I always think I could be more organized. I like to think that I am pretty organized with my sessions but there are some days where I just look back and think, ‘What happened?’. I hope it’s not just me. For me, I think I need to plan my sessions farther out. I will usually plan my sessions out about 2-3 days before hand, but as we all know things can get in the way. For me, planning more in advance means more of a safety net and time if I need to do some rearranging.
2. Work on More Writing
Writing is EVERYWHERE in the schools now. In speech, my kids are rockstars! They can speak with correct subject /verb agreement and the appropriate verb tense. I am giving myself a mental high-five! Then, the teacher shows me their writing and my selfie high-five stops in mid air. These days teachers are looking for transference into writing more than anything, so why shouldn’t I expect this from my students in speech? Working in more writing is going to be big for me so finding some fun activities to use will be key. I think I am going to head to Pinterest for some inspiration 😉
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3. Address Narrative Skills
We work on predicting and inferring, but sometimes narratives fall to the way side. Since I have discovered Story Grammar Marker I feel confident in my ability to help my students more efficiently and effectively develop their narrative skills. This means better summaries and a clearer understanding of what they did over their weekend!
4. Use More Books
I try and use books as much and possible and my love of book companions is no secret, but I still want to try and use more books, especially with my older students. Maybe find a way to work in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
5. Challenge My Students
My students see me because they have difficulties. They need support and that can mean materials and explanations at a simpler level, but, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be challenged! Once I see they are getting our target, I want to try and take it a step farther. True, maybe they will show me it was to much, but maybe they be successful! For me, finding the right way to challenge my students will be my goal.
6. Reminding Myself I am Only One Person
All to often I find myself stressing out about my very long to do list that never seems to get shorter. Screen these 5 kids, evaluations on those 2, find spots in my schedule for the 4 new RtI kids, get ready for my Annual Reviews, cook dinner, go the to store, feed the dogs, etc. Sometimes it’s enough to make you go AHHHHHH! I need to remind myself I am only one person. Everything I need to do will get done, so stressing about it won’t make a difference. I am not saying I won’t ever have those moments when it seems that my to do list is never-ending. I am just saying I am going to take some perspective and try not to have them as much. I decided to get back into running to help myself with this. Just taking that bit of time for myself was amazing and I miss it.
What better way to start out the new year than with a GIVEAWAY?! Do you have any speechie resolutions? One winner with get to choose any item from my store to help them hit the ground running with their speechie resolutions.