Sometimes there is an idea that comes along that makes something that is already wonderful even more amazing! A few years ago a group of us visited a classroom in Bloomington, IN where we saw in action the outcome of the collaboration between students from Indiana University and a special education classroom in an elementary school.
The goal was to make communication a priority in a life skills classroom. We saw staff using core vocabulary boards everywhere. As the staff spoke to students, they pointed to vocabulary on the boards and in turn, expected students to use the boards to respond. The staff used the board to ask questions and the students used the boards to answer questions. Not just during snack time, but in every subject of the day, throughout the day. The students were immersed in language.
The result was that the students were answering questions, asking questions, making comments, asking for information in a way that I have rarely seen in a life skills classroom.
One of the biggest surprises in this classroom is the topic of today’s video.
Take a look at see what you think!
If you are immersing your students in language experiences throughout their school day, I’d love to hear how you are doing that! I’m sure I am not the only one open to new ideas!!!
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