Three Important Items Before Going Back to School

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back to school and school accessories on whiteThe back to school season can get hectic, so it is best to have a game plan for getting ready. While you may work with children over the summer on speech and language goals, the start of school signifies a fresh start for a new academic year. These three items will help to make the transition into a new school year more smoothly.

Clean Out Lesson Plans

During the school year, it can be easy to push some of your own paperwork off while focusing on student records. The end of the summer is a nice time to organize lesson plans. Take time to look at what you have used in the past and see what you may need for the upcoming year. While there are go to lesson plans that are great to use from year to year, be sure to sort through them from time to time. Assess how lessons were used in the past and sort them into file folders, or files on your computer. Add in new materials and make sure that notes were made on plans to help them to be more successful in the future.

Pinterest is Your Friend

Make a point to utilize Pinterest for new ideas. Pinterest is full of crafts, professional resources, lessons, and ideas that can be tweaked for use with your students. Organize your own boards on Pinterest so they will help you in the future. They may be focused on holidays, sounds, theme, or speech and language topics. Try searching for different ideas and click on pins you find to see if they may be helpful. Save them onto the board of choice and you will be able to reference it when you need it.

Update Family Files and Student Interest Inventories

Send an email or letter to families at the end of the summer. Check in on developments and how they enjoyed their summer. Ask them to spend a few moments answering questions about their child. Do remember which families are multilingual at home and make sure items are friendly to their needs. Look at their goals and focus on those items.

In addition to this, ask families to let you know what new interests their children have. For older students, you may be able to forward an interest inventory for them to fill out. Include a welcome back note to them and explain how you will be using this to add fun items over the year. Be sure to use a new one if you did the same thing last year. Kids will recall these and you want to make sure they do not rush through.

The beginning of the year can be chaotic, so the more you prepare ahead of time the less stress for everyone involved. Think outside of the box and be willing to try new ideas to keep everyone actively involved in lessons during speech and language sessions.

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