Note: If you downloaded Animal Idioms 2, I am here to tell you the sequel was NOT as good as the original. We had to go in for some "reshoots." To make a long story short, I use a low-end page design software that has worked very well for my needs BUT one thing that has irked me about it is that it "saves" over originals without asking you if you want to save... and I am sure there was a good amount of user error in there, as well. So sorry! I am glad it is the weekend, so nobody probably had a chance to print those yet! Lesson learned - I will be triple checking when I post! Thank you, Andrea, for alerting me to this error!
You are probably finding this post through Pinterest or a Google search. I apologize you are not seeing what brought you here. I am in the middle of an upgrade. I hope this takes us in an exciting direction, but it has meant letting go of some things.
When I first started Heard in Speech, there were not many speech blogs, Teachers Pay Teachers was pretty new, and I was unmarried and fresh out of school. I have learned a lot in the past five years and I am ready to get creative.
I plan to share versions of my previous posts in the coming months. I plan on upgrading my old materials and sharing new ones to fit the 2017 speechin' world. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Stay tuned and happy speeching!
I started this post in December 2015, if that tells you a thing about my life right now! A LOT has changed since I was a "speechie" blogger in 2012. I could not possibly be more excited for how much the speech blog community has evolved over the past four years.... I am not really sure how many loyal readers I have left, but I suppose I owe an explanation.
The past 2.5 years have been an absolute whirlwind. I moved to a new district/new city, got married, experienced a family health crisis, traveled, moved across country and started a NEW job, lost my father-in-law, became pregnant, had a baby, celebrated his first birthday, and bought a new home. Needless to say, I have had to drop a lot of my extras and focus on the necessities! Hence, this blog has not been updated for the past two years!
At the same time all of this has occurred, I have had some of, what I feel, are my best language creations. I have used a lot of resources from the internet, but have noticed that I don't always find exactly what I need for the population I serve. I plan to update with what I do. Sometimes, I am using resources from others and I will direct you the right way! It may not be tomorrow or even the next few weeks, but I will be back... and I can't wait to share!
Two of my most popular posts have consistently been the Anatomy of My Speech Room post (coincidentally my first!) and the follow up Visual aids, Pt 2. For two years, I was extremely fortunate to have a little space of my own. After time spent in hallways, lunchrooms, under the stairs, art rooms, and sharing a storage room with the after school program, I was just deliriously happy to be given a place to call my own for two years.
I accepted a new position last school year, but shortly after made the decision to relocate permanently. I luckily found myself in a pretty good space. I share a room with a resource teacher who frequently pushes in and a teacher who is only in the building about an hour a day. I have a pretty spacious area to myself. I have no idea how many hours I spent whipping this place in to shape, not counting the full day my husband helped and the morning my mom came by and wiped down/organized materials. What I do know is that after a year of not having a space I truly loved, it's wonderful to feel at home again. Without further ado, I present my speech room makeover.
I am a sucker for graphic organizers. I have a binder full of them. I don't always get the chance to use them, but I had to print this one up full-color and laminate it for multiple uses. You can use an Expo Vis-a-vis wet erase marker or dry erase marker on it and never have to worry about printing them again!
I am a big to-do list person. I think organization skills are important for everyone. Why not plant that seed a little early and let the kids "check" off what they've done! This can be used for younger kids who may draw pictures or older students who can write out their ideas. This is the first in a series of "Checking Out" Activities!
Check out Teachers Pay Teachers to snag a free copy. Happy speeching!