It's Monday afternoon. I'm feeling good, because I came up with an awesome lesson plan on Friday. My next group walks in the door, ready for another fun day in speech therapy. I know exactly what we're going to do. But wait... Where are my materials??? They must have gotten misplaced in the crazy Monday shuffle. Not cool!
Has this happened to you? Yes? Okay, whew. I was hoping I wasn't the only one. But guess what? This doesn't happen to me anymore (or at least much less than it used to). I started consistently using three tools (and you probably already have them in your speech room).
It's simple, really. I don't know why I didn't start doing this earlier!
Before I start I plan out my lesson using one of my templates. (If you struggle with this piece, stay tuned. I'll be writing more about my lesson planning process soon.)
Once I have my lesson plan, I pull out the materials I'll need. It kinds of reminds me of packing... Like we're going on a speech trip? Here is where I put those materials...
1. The Inclusion Bag
I have a couple classrooms that I go to for inclusion (or push-in services). I spend a lot of time working in our preschool, so I have a bag filled with materials for my minimally verbal friends. I do some quick lessons in other classrooms, so I may or may not prep a bag depending on how many materials I need.
2. The Speech Bin
This is what I use the most often. I use it to keep the materials for the majority of my caseload together. On any given week you might find...
- Books for the week
- Folders for different therapy "groups" (e.g., activities, homework, craft templates)
- TPT packets
- Miscellaneous supplies
I also have decks of cards in my drawer cart, visuals hanging on my wall, and binders filled with teaching materials. Since those are organized (and stored close to my therapy table), I usually just grab those when I need them. Check out this post to see how I keep them organized.
3. Google Drive/iPad
a lot of too many TPT materials and often don't have the time or ability to print and assemble everything. I started putting materials on Google Drive when I needed them right away but didn't have time to print. I quickly discovered, however, that I even prefer using Google Drive for some activities. I love being able to pull up certain activities on my iPad, and kids enjoy it, too.
There you have it...
These three tools are really simple, but they help keep my speech room from getting too messy throughout the day. Everything has a place (even if it is temporary)! No more shuffling through piles of materials on my therapy table!
What are your favorite ways to keep track of therapy materials? Let me know in the comments!