Hello! I am Hallie Sherman, and I am a licensed speech-language pathologist. I am excited to be here today to share some strategies for classroom teachers to use in their classrooms to promote communication (for ALL students, not just those receiving speech). Thank you, Rachel, for allowing me this opportunity to share strategies on your blog!
“Communication? Why do my students need that in school?” Well, communication is involved in a lot of factors of the school day. Students need to listen, express answers, write responses, and interact with peers and teachers. Communication is a necessity in the classroom. Can you imagine the struggles one would have if they cannot do any of those things? Learning will be quite a challenge! Can you picture a student in your classroom struggling with any of those? Even if your students are not struggling with communication, they can always benefit from some tips and tricks to help them improve.
What is a multimodal approach? Students should learn using most, if not all, of these methods:
- Written: Have them practice writing new vocabulary words in sentences.
- Oral: Have them say out loud new concepts. Have them discuss with their peers in groups.
- Visual: Use graphs, pictures, sentence strips, and any way to make learning visual (not just notes on a SMART Board.)
- Tactile: Students should practice touching it. Tap out syllables, and write vocabulary/spelling words using rice or clay. Tap out math concepts.