Melinda Music

Paintsville Independent

Melinda Music

Paintsville Independent

Biography

Create, Motivate, and Educate!

Students rely heavily on tangible rewards after speech sessions and when given the opportunity to choose rewards it often takes too much time for them to decide what they want and they learn absolutely nothing from it. I would like to share with my students my love for crafting and creating things as an alternative to toys and foods that are so often used as incentives for speech and language attendance, good behavior, and effort. I believe that students can benefit from a new reward system through the use of learning and creating projects. By using the Cricut Maker machine and a computer during speech, students will be able to select a project from “Make It Now” section in Cricut’s design space. It comes with a list of materials needed, step-by-step instructions, and a photo of the finished project. My students will have to incorporate mathematics and language arts as they measure, gather materials, cut, paste, follow directions, sequence, and then explain their end result verbally and in writing. While completing projects, students will be engaged with the teacher and each other strengthening social and communication skills. Completing their own projects will make them feel proud and accomplished. In completing these rewarding projects using paper, vinyl, and the Cricut machine, they will be practicing the use of their speech sounds correct in real life situations during discussions and explanations related to their projects. Language skills will be strengthened as they are using hands-on activities. Using hands-on activities will also help them to remember those skills as many of us learn from doing. Incorporating the use of technology in my speech and language sessions will be both educational and rewarding. It’s time to create, motivate, and educate!

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