Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Talk

We were challenged to come up with "my why" in my district this year.
As in, why do you teach?
That was pretty simple for me.

I have known and loved my why since before I became a librarian.
I said it my interview.    Luckily, I still believe it is my why to this very day.

I want the kids I have today to bring books and literacy into their own homes.
I want the kids I teach today to read to their own children.
I want the kids I teach today to remember a book so fondly that they want to share it with their own children.
It's my why.....twenty-two years later.

I challenged myself to come up with what do I want to focus making a difference on.
I came up with literacy in families.

So what is your why?
Why do you teach?

Hope you all have a fabulous year.
Whether it is year one or year forty.

Have a fantastic day,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Two Speech/Language Rooms 2014

This school year, I am supervising two wonderful licensed assistants at two elementary schools. At one elementary, I watched with my jaw open as one licensed assistant freehanded a superhero door:
This school has a pretty nice room - one side for therapy and another side for the two of us.

The other school's theme is Saddle Up for a Great Year!
We went for a bright door with the them on a sign.
Hope everyone has a great year!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Talk

Another Tuesday Talk?

Another back to school sale on TpT?

Yes, please!

Tomorrow is the day on TpT.

My wish list is getting longer.....and longer.

I'm done talking for today.   Time for more shopping!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fabulous Primary Chalkboard Giveaway

Fabulous Primary Chalkboard Giveaway!!

How AMAZING is this giveaway?!?! Head on over to Primary Chalkboard to check out the incredible giveaway! My fingers are crossed! I LOVE Amazon, TPT, Michael Kors bags are my BFF! :)


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Talk is Back

Yes, you read that right.

No promises on how long this will last.

I wanted to share with you some fact and opinion products we have.

It is hard to get kids to understand the difference between facts and opinions.    Especially when so many adults believe their opinions are facts.   Right?

A six-year-old definitely thinks his or her opinion is a fact.

So, we do have a few items in our TpT store that help with facts and opinions.

Here is our latest:

Thanks for getting factual with us today.
I hope you are leaving with a good opinion.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 11, 2014

SLPs Pushing In Linky

My friend 1sparklleslp has been doing a fantastic series on pushing in. She is currently running a link in addition to her series, so hop on over to her blog and take a look!
Here's my take. My district is not set up to go all push in. I do go into Functional Academics classrooms. Mostly, I supervise licensed assistants, but I am very reluctant to let all therapy go. The last time I did that, I spend the summer crafting everything in sight because my creative juices had been drowned by paperwork.

Our FA students are generally independent motor-wise. Most of the diagnoses I work with are autism and Down Syndrome. Language and articulation are the main goals.

I typically schedule 45 minutes twice a week for the class. When I go in, they are usually finishing up a song. That's perfect, since I can't sing on-key. Next comes a story and vocabulary and Wh- questions. The class then goes to centers, and I set up a speech/language center. During this time, I see students in groups of 2-3 to do a game or craftivity. This is the time when I get most of my data. The goals and objectives are addressed during group time, and I get to recheck and see if my instruction was successful during center time.

It works. My wish is that I go in with a true SLP role. To me, that means the teacher does the instruction, the parapros address the behavior, and I work with the students to address their language and articulation during that time. That would allow me to work on and model more AAC and to ensure that instruction is carried over the rest of the time.

Thanks to sparklleslp for the great series and linky!

Giveaway Time with Saddle Up for Second Grade

Our sweet friend Marcy is hosting a giveaway on her blog.

She is celebrating Texas-style.    That means this giveaway is BIG.

We like things BIG in Texas.

Check it and enter here:

Here is what you can sign up to win:

Cute, cute, cute from Rustic Paisley

And this cool pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies

And you might win something from us, too.

And some of our other TpT friends

Good luck!   Enter now.    You can't win, if you don't enter.

Have a wonderful day!