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The Top Ten Influence Factors for Student Achievement

When I first heard of these top ten influence factors for student achievement, I was actually surprised at which ones rated the highest and which ones I would have rated higher. I was also surprised at which ones were rated the lowest especially just how low student mobility was rated. I would have thought that our transient students would be at a higher risk for negative influence on student achievement […]

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A Tool You May Not Realize Just How Amazing It Is!

I don’t know about you, but I work best if I have all the tools I need for my work close at hand. I hate doing something twice. I hate needing to stop any forward motion toward a goal just to fix something, to look for the right equipment, to gather the right materials….whatever. When I’m in the groove, I just want to keep going. Part of my need for […]

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Teaching Inference using Fun, Concrete Examples for Reading Comprehension

Once again, reading comprehension is that part of reading that seems to be the last frontier. We all need to make sure that we are presenting all of the components of reading comprehension if we expect students to fully understand what they are reading. Teaching students how to use their schema plus evidence in a story to form an inference can actually be a lot of fun. Take a look […]

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A Program for Early Childhood Students: ABA in a Box!

I’ve been talking a lot about that window of opportunity for language development that the literature tells us happens for students on the autism spectrum between the ages of 3 and 5. I’ve also share with you a tool for assessing where students are with their social skills (The Denver Early Start Curriculum Checklist) so today I want to share a resource that can be used with our young students […]

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Articulation Theatre for Your Speech Therapy Groups!

When I was working as an SLP, it always seemed to me that if I finally got my schedule right, I still ended up with students who had different articulation goals who were all grouped together. UGH! I always wondered why I couldn’t just once get a group who all need just the /r/ sound!! A therapist’s dream. Today’s video was inspired by my past frustrations with this grouping problem. […]

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Check Out this ReMARKable Way to Put a White Board on Any Flat Surface!

Isn’t it amazing how every time you turn around, there is something new and exciting that is being developed, designed, invented. I spent a lot of time in the office this summer and one day the principal in my building asked me if I saw the new Professional Learning Community room. He took me to this former PTO space and showed me this great area for collaborating, planning and learning […]

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Did You Know There IS a Curriculum to Teach Phonemic Awareness?

I’m always looking for foundation pieces that can help teachers with a scope and sequence in a solid curriculum. I feel that when you have a tool like this, teachers feel more confident with filling in the gaps and showing great progress. I recently had a conversation with one of our literacy instructors who mentioned to me that teachers typically send struggling readers to her asking for her help without […]

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Do You Know About the Free SLP Summit?

As an SLP, there is always the challenge of making sure that you have enough continuing education hours each year just in case your name is pulled for an audit. There is also the challenge of a school district having enough money to pay for continuing education and the struggle of guilt when you have to cancel therapy to be out for a workshop. Not to mention how important it […]

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How To Get Continuing Education Hours for FREE!

Now that teachers are allowed to renew their teaching licenses using continuing education hours, it’s nice when we find a free option. Sometimes it can be challenging to get 90 hours of continuing education hours in 5 years, depending upon how much your school corporation allows you to get released from the classroom. Likewise, if you are a parent or small business owner or even a student looking for more […]

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Have You Seen the Math App That Does Problems for You???

What do you do about that student who doesn’t have any homework support at home? Maybe there are family members who can’t or won’t help with homework especially math. Ether way, our students can struggle and we often feel helpless. Maybe all your student needs is just to see how a problem is solved. There are several situations that this next app can solve so you won’t want to miss […]

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