This New Year's Eve, I took a moment to reflect on the resolutions I made for 2015, as well as what I want to focus on for 2016.

Here were the resolutions I made last year:

  • Attend the ASHA convention.   Update:  Done!  I had an amazing time with some of my best blogging friends, and I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to fly and travel to Denver all by myself.

  • Leave school AT school.  Update:  Ongoing.  I'm getting a lot better about this, but I think it's definitely an ongoing battle!

  • Earn more CEU's.  Update:  Partially Completed.  Attending the ASHA convention did help, but I didn't do as many online courses during the rest of the year as I had hoped.

  • Better inform/involve parents of students.  Update:  Ongoing.  I think my parent/teacher speech-language handouts have greatly helped me to better explain what I do in therapy and why it is important, but I think there is always room for improvement.

  • Keep creating materials.  Update:  Done (and Ongoing!).  My goal was to make at least 15 new products for my store, and I have added 16 new items in 2015.  I must admit, that doesn't sound like a lot, and it's hard not to compare myself to other sellers that put out many times that amount of products each year.  But most of my products tend to be in the 30 hour + range to create, and they take a lot of creative energy - and I am proud of all of the products in my store.

  • Blog at least once per week.  Update:  Done!  I'm proud to say that I was able to keep up with this commitment.

Looking ahead to 2016, I decided that instead of setting specific resolutions for myself, I wanted to focus on a particular theme.  After much deliberation, my word for 2016 is...



Balance.


If you know me, you know this is a continual struggle!  I'll be honest, it is very hard to juggle being a full time school SLP, wife, blogger, material creator, and the role of president of Snyders Publishing.  But at the same time, they are all roles I love to have, and I haven't done the best job of balancing them all in the past year.

That is why my 2016 focus word is balance.  I know that I need to step back from some tasks and responsibilities, and focus more on others.  That means I have to say "no" to some opportunities that come my way, which is hard for me to do, but I know I need to take care of myself better.  I need time to recharge my creative batteries and spend quality time with those that are important to me.

So what does that mean for you?  Well, don't worry, I still plan on keeping up with this blog!  (To be honest, I have so many ideas to share that I might burst if I don't have a place to share them!)  I probably won't be posting every week though - I am aiming for at least twice a month.  I also will keep working on creating quality speech and language materials to post in my TeachersPayTeachers store.  (I have several half-finished ideas that I hope to complete in the near future!)  I also plan to attend the TpT Seller Convention again this July for more inspiration and ideas to help the creation process happen a little faster.

Tell me, what is your focus word for 2016?  Leave a comment below - I would love to know!


I don't know about you, but I always seem to have a hard time finding appropriate materials for my middle school students.  Either the tasks are too difficult or abstract to start with, or the tasks are at my students' level, but the graphics are much too young.  It feels like it can take forever to find exactly what you need!

Today, I'm going to help save you some time, as I have gathered a selection of some of the best middle school speech-language therapy materials available on TeachersPayTeachers.com.  (There were too many to fit in one post, so be on the lookout for more posts to come!  There is a whole post on FREEBIES here.)

Assessment


  • Don't know where to start with your students?  You will definitely want to check out my own Language Progress Monitoring and Grammar Progress Monitoring Tools (Upper Levels).  These will help give you a good picture of what your students' strengths and weaknesses are, as well as monitor their progress with these skills over time.

    

  • These Curriculum Based Language Assessments for grades 6-12 from Nicole Allison are another good option to quickly assess your students' skills.  These are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  
  • This Stuttering Screener from The Speech Bubble SLP is a great way to take baseline data with your fluency students.

Language


  • This Around the World Language Activities Unit is a great way to help your students learn about the world and different cultures, as well as target important language skills such as summarizing, describing, comparing, contrasting, past tense verbs, and more.



  • These Inferencing Paragraph cards from The Peachie Speechie are great to target inferencing skills with your students.  I really like how the answer cards not only provide the correct answer, but explain how to figure out the correct answer.

  • Secret Messages for Main Idea from Teach Speech 365 is a fun way to target a complex skill.  My students enjoy trying to figure out the hidden secret messages!


  • This Language Blocks unit from Panda Speech covers multiple targets (including categories, comparing, contrasting, WH-questions, and many more) while having fun with a Jenga or stacking blocks game.



Vocabulary: Synonyms, Antonyms, & Multiple Meaning Words




  • My Multiple Meaning Words Bundle is full of realistic pictures and activities to help those higher-level multiple meaning words make sense for your students.

  • These Language Crossword Puzzles from The Speech Bubble SLP are designed to target synonyms, antonyms, multiple meaning words, and irregular past tense verbs.
  • This huge Word Detectives unit from Speech to the Core focuses on prefixes, suffixes, and root words.


Articulation


  • "Speech-Zee" is an articulation dice game by Panda Speech for /l, s, z, sh, ch, th/, as well as s/l/r blends and vocalic /r/.   




  • This Match It Quick game from Courtney Gragg is a fun way to get in some quick practice with vocalic /r/ words.


Fluency


  • This very popular Stuttering Mini-Unit has been an excellent resource to use with my older fluency students.  The focus is on making students more aware of what stuttering is, as well as on techniques to help make their speech more smooth.



  • These Fluency Homework Labels from Jenna Rayburn quickly turn any worksheet or assignment into homework for your students working on fluency!


Social Skills


  • This Social Group Curriculum from Nicole Allison is a comprehensive unit for your middle school and high school students working on pragmatics.  It contains everything you need for 20 separate sessions.

  • These Social Skills Breaks from The Dabbling Speechie are perfect for helping students learn to carry over pragmatics skills, as well as fill those awkward 5 minute gaps in sessions we sometimes have!

  • This "Do I Detect Sarcasm?" unit from Smartmouth SLP comes with a great checklist and practice cards to help students learn to identify sarcasm.  

  • This Question and Answer Unit from The Dabbling Speechie is perfect for your life skills middle school students.  Focus on helping your students respond appropriately to questions, as well as respond to formal greetings.




Decor


  • These "I Can" CCSS posters for 5th-12th grades come in 6 different color options, and provide a positive decor option for your older students.



There were so many great products to feature, I couldn't get them all in one post!  So make sure to keep an eye out for Part 2 of this series.  (Want to make sure not to miss out?  Enter your email address in the "Follow by Email" box on the right hand side of this page to have future posts sent directly to you!)

Looking for a quick, easy activity to pull out in the next few weeks?


Make sure to check out my Winter Wonderland Category Freebie!  Recently updated with new graphics, it is a stand alone sample from my Winter Wonderland Language Activities.

On each card, there are four items listed; three of the items are related, while the fourth doesn't belong.  Have your student identify which item doesn't belong, and state the category for the remaining items.




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