Wondering if and how you should and could use worksheets in speech and language therapy?
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Worksheets?! In speech?! Why?!
I like using worksheets for many reasons. 1 – quick prep! 2 – easy to see students work independently. 3 – great for mixed groups when you want to work with students individually and give others busy work. 4 – great for collecting data at the end of a session. 5 – I like to use to remind myself what we already did in speech! Was that kid absent? Did I do that activity with THAT group? I have evidence with a worksheet in a speech folder or notebook!
Worksheets can be challenging to keep students engaged and motivated. It isn't a game?! So we got to find ways to make it fun. What other challenges might you have with worksheets? Photocopy machine may break, printer can run out of ink, or you just printed it out quickly right before the session and you don't have time to make or print enough of copies!
I will share with you 3 fun ways that can save you time and also save the fun in your speech room!
Make it dry erasable
I like to keep a stash of page protectors for these quick moments. I do also have dry erase sleeves which you can grab by viewing the link below.
I can always grab my one copy of a worksheet or just make enough for 1 group and I can use it over and over again with dry erase! But how will I get data later if I am erasing? Take a picture with your phone or iPad before erasing!
Use different colors to write!
Only one copy? Give each student a different color to write with! They can each provide input on the worksheet, each take ownership of an answer to a question, or each write a sentence in the essay.
Make It Digital!
One of my favorite apps, Doodle Buddy can make any worksheet fun. Just take a photo of the worksheet or a screenshot of it if you have the download in your Dropbox. You can upload the image into the app and then write all over it! So much fun and done! Learn more fun ways of using this app by clicking HERE!
So as you can see, there are definite ways of making worksheets work. Resources shown in this post:
My Tier 2 Vocabulary Word Dictionary
Text Evidence Print and Go Worksheets
Teaching Main Idea Activities and Worksheets
Check out my video below to learn more!