Saturday, August 20, 2011

Paper, Folders, Binders, Oh My!

UPDATE: I have had many of you request the behavior punch card. I did not make it, but you can find a direct link to it here: Thanks for checking out [simply speech.]

So this week has been all about organization (and staff meetings, of course!) I'll have pictures of my therapy room next week... I was down to the wire cleaning and organizing my room before the kiddos showed up last night! I figured before I post pictures of my room, I'd post some things that I found very helpful this year... courtesy of Pinterest, of course!

This is amazing... a dish drying rack used to organize folders/ act as a tool box! I have it on my table where I work with the kids. Since it's right next to me, I have easy access to my lesson plans and binders where I keep student information and data. (Parent phone numbers are good to have easy access to as well!!)

Spice rack for paper clips, push pins, rubber bands, and all those etc. items cluttering up your desk!! I have not been able to create this organizational masterpiece yet... but it is on my list!

My own version of this will be used in my room this year. I love the concept of the "Blurt Chart." The way this teacher uses it is each student starts the day with 3 smiley faces by their name. Every time they speak out of turn, or "blurts" out, one is removed. She takes away recess time for each smiley removed. I will be doing it based on behavior. Although, the "Blurt Chart" would be good great for social communication skills! You could also use it if you are teaching a child to raise his or her hand when they want to share. The way it will be used in my room, is if they have at least 1 smiley face left at the end of the session, they get a punch on the behavior punch card! The 3 strikes you're out kinda thing works pretty well for me!

There is a girl punch card too... email me if you want me to send you a copy of the boy and girl punch card. Once they reach 20 punches, they get a treat. This is a great way to incorporate number sequencing, behavior, self motivation... and they don't expect a treat every day!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!! Go Rays!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pinterest... enough said!

If you have not heard of, looked at, or started using the website Pinterest... you are seriously missing out!! Pinterest is a website where you can create your own and view member's "inspiration" boards. I found a ton of cute and creative ideas for the classroom (home, etc) I plan to give a whirl this year! It also led me to some really great teacher blogs, which was my inspiration to start this one!

I wanted to share some of these super cute ideas....

First, how cute are these? Apples, peanut butter, and marshmallows! (of course we would nix the P.B. since we are a nut free school). This is an adorable snack that would be really great with helping the kids learn about their articulators and the anatomy of speech!

I would absolutely LOVE to set up this listening station.... if I only had the space! This would be a great place for auditory bombardment activities, Speechercise CD's, etc!

I came across this nifty little poster on a teacher's blog. You could use this as a good visual for students when working on social communication. There was a second page that went with this activity that said "I use my whole body listening when ____________." The page leaves a space for the student to draw a picture of themselves using whole body listening. Gotta love that!

Last but not least.... word families using paint chips!! This is a great FREE activity you can create. Pick up a sharpie and a sample (or 20) of your favorite colors at Home Depot and you are set! You could also use this to  target specific speech sounds!

That was just a sample of some of the great ideas I got while browsing! Enjoy and start pinning!

Friday, August 12, 2011


Welcome to my 'Simply Speech!' blog. This blog is geared towards SLP's in the school setting. I decided to blog this year to share ideas and hopefully get new ideas in return! Currently, I am sitting here on the couch with a cup of coffee soaking in every last second left of summer break!! Back to work on Monday!

For those of you that don't know me, I am a speech-language pathologist at a public school in Pinellas County. Most of the children I work with  are in preschool through 2nd grade. I also do private therapy on the side, but the majority of my experience is in the school setting. I graduated from The University of Central Florida in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders. From there, I received my Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2009 at The University of South Florida.

Can't wait to see what this year has in store!!