Carryover…curriculum…common core…those are 3 C’s that can scare a lot of SLPs (and we have 3 C’s next to our name!) Keep reading to learn how I tackle this scary topic!
What challenges do I face in this area?
- Mixed groups! I have groups working on different goals, in different grades, or the classroom teachers are not working on the same topics at the same time!
- Communication with teachers! I try…I really do! I send e-mails, I put memos in their mailboxes, I chat with them while waiting for the photocopy machine, I stop them in the hallways….doesn’t seem to be enough!
- I don’t always feel like I am the best one to “teach” them the curriculum…hey…I admit…I’m an SLP but I don’t know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING! I cannot know it all about all of the topics discussed in the various grades and subjects.
- Lack of resources. I keep nagging my administration for copies of the curriculum maps and workbooks, but they keep forgetting to pass those along!
- I don’t want to seem like a resource room teacher or a tutor. I don’t want teachers just sending kids down with classwork and expecting me to “finish it with them.” I have speech goals to address as well and I like to plan ahead and be able to target in my own way. I don’t mind them sending things down with them as long as they don’t expect it fully finished when they come back. I will go over the work with them in my own way!
- Ask the kids! I always ask them, “what are you working on in science? social studies?”
- If I see classroom teachers photocopying vocabulary lists or reading comprehension passages on a social studies concept I know most are working on, I ask for a copy!
- Look at what the classroom teachers are displaying! Walk around, while you are walking to pick up speech students, look at what is the “do now” or the assignments on the board. See what is assigned for homework. See if they have a word wall. This is a simple and “nosy” way of checking it out without having to even ask!
- Have students bring their HW agendas or whatever they use to write down their homework. You can just look at that!
- Ask resource room teachers! They tend to have a smaller case load and work more closely with classroom teachers and with curriculum.
- Phone a friend! OK so my students told me they are working on the scientific method but I cannot come up with a vocabulary list, but OH I have a friend that works in another school that teaches science…I’ll ask her!
- Try and attend professional development given to teachers. In my district the SLPs are often separated and not there for the workshops given to the teachers. I always have my group of coworkers to ask what I missed. I also use these coworkers as my phone a friends as well! They make me copies of reading passages, vocabulary lists, and more.