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May 28, 2021

Campfire Cones

This school year has not looked like a traditional school, but we found ways to make it work.  This year, sadly, I held off on doing whole-group and blended lessons until the very end of the school year.  Mostly, because we needed to be able to really maintain social distancing and a reduced transfer of handled goods between students.  

I decided that the perfect end-of-the-school-year cooking craft could be campfire cones, where I could have students spaced out and distribute individual ingredients on a paper plate.  We read a story via Edpuzzle called A Camping Spree with Mr. McGee and throughout the story, it had pre-loaded questions that we targeted throughout our story that were ranging from comprehension, inferencing, -WH questions, sequencing, to other story narrative elements. 

Students were walked through the process of putting together "campfire cones," a layered waffle cone with chocolate chips, teddy graham cookies, and mini marshmallows. They were then individually wrapped in tin foil. 

Later in the day, they were then placed in the pre-heated oven (300 degrees) for 15 minutes to get the chocolate and marshmallows nice and melty.  Students enjoyed their treats and were excited at how easy they were to make!

May 17, 2021

Technology Covid Style

 This school year can definitely be defined by the technology that we used, either equipment we knew and were familiar with, or new devices and tech that had to be learned.  I can definitely say that I've never had to so quickly scramble to learn new approaches to implementing therapy and lessons than I have had to do this year. Here are a few snapshots of some of the technology we used in our lessons:

We used Chromebook to access online and e-learning lessons together and to share visuals as a group and limit the contact on materials and reduce germs being transferred since the devices were easier and faster to sanitize in-between sessions. 

Another piece of tech was in learning and using the Dynavox Snap + Core software to be able to comment and request. This AAC app was new to me a few years ago but I've become pretty efficient at modeling it via Facilitated/Aided Language Stimulation approaches during our sessions.  I love seeing my students being able to communicate using this app!

May 4, 2021

Welcome Back


Wow.... all I can say is... a LOT can happen in a year! My last post was about offering information during the time of the Covid 19 pandemic, when schools were closing and shut down. To say that this school year has been a roller coaster is saying something.... every day felt like we were doing something new and different. 

I've had some really down and intense moments of stress and frustration and I've had some really high peaks and amazing memories that I wouldn't trade for the world. Instead of focusing on the negative, I want to share one of the biggest accomplishments of my professional career.

This year, for the 2020-2021 school year, I was nominated as Teacher of the Year for Riverton Intermediate School:

I am extremely proud of this award and am so thankful that I work in such an amazing school with such wonderful people.  I truly could not do my job without the support of such an awesome admin team and staff.  Thank you, RIS, for believing in me and with entrusting me with your students. I am truly honored and humbled.

It was too much at the end of last school year and for most of this school year to chronicle what this journey has been like.  Mostly, in part, because every day seemed like it was bringing change and new obstacles.  The school year truly felt impossible and yet, with perseverance and support from the amazing staff and families that I work with, we made it happen.  I hope to close out this school year by posting some of my favorite highlights and things that I did this year, therapy-wise, that I intend to include or adapt for future use in upcoming school years.  

We learned a lot together this year, RIS, and we have a lot more to go, but one thing is for sure: this is my dream job. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a reality.