I picked up I Wish My Teacher Knew by Kyle Schwartz at the library and I was really impressed by its information about advocating in high need schools. I’ve spent my entire career working in schools that are Title I which means they receive special funds for programs for students in low income categories. So I was really encouraged by the information that this third-grade teacher shared about things that are affect our students in their home lives. By starting a movement, she reached out to students to create individual relationships with them by finding out some of the struggles that they face outside of school. She simply asked that her students finish this the phrase “I wish my teacher knew…” and fill in the blank with their information about what they struggle with. She was extremely surprised by all the information she found out about her students home lives.
It got me thinking about my speech caseload. What do you think that speech students would want us to know about them? You know, I really can’t predict what they would like me to know about them. But I know that this exercise would strengthen our relationship as therapist and student. My hope would be that it would help them improve their ability and reach their speech and language goals.
I’m going to try this with my students and now I challenge you– why don’t you try this with your students? I’m providing us a free download that you can use today.
I Wish the SLP Knew
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Let me know what happens when you use this with your students! You never know you might find out some of the challenges that they are experiencing at home that they may not have shared with you.