American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Wesmere Elementary

Plainfield, Illinois

Jean Farrell and I created a staff development activity for our elementary building. Each year our students (K-5th grade) are given a "speech challenge" in which they are asked to say sentences with target sounds or answer questions related to target language goals to staff and family members. After 10 different adult signatures for 30 sentences are completed, the students receive a reward.

Our staff has been great about helping students with their challenge, so we decided to create a challenge for them to celebrate May's Better Hearing and Speech. The following paragraph describes the challenge.

Our building administration provided funds for a raffle. All staff members were given a challenge with 15 activities (i.e., games and lessons for whole class/small group, websites to visit, scavenger hunt in our office, and questions to answer) and each activity earns them various amounts of raffle tickets. At the end of the month, we will be collecting the challenges to determine the number of raffle tickets for each staff member.

Submitted by:
Michelle King and Jean Farrell
Speech Language Pathologists

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