What is common core and does it matter to school-based SLPs?
Read on for more information about standards and supporting materials that can help make it all a lot easier for you!
Power-deFur and Flynn (2012) have some excellent advice about what speech language pathologists need to do with common core standards.
Simple screeners will provide lots of information on where the child is currently performing. My Common Core Reference binder includes screeners and assessments that will help you figure what your students know how to do and what they need to work on!
In my Common Core Reference Binder for SLPs, I provided lots of checklists to help you get organized, plus progress monitoring sheets to help you assess the effectiveness of your intervention.
If all that sounds complicated to you, you’ll definitely want to check out my HUGE (441 pages!) Common Core Reference Binder for SLPs.
My binder contains everything you need to confidently incorporate common core standards into your therapy for your kindergarten through 5th grade students.
I’ve extracted the applicable speech and language standards for each grade into a simplified, easy to read. Not sure what your 1st grade students should be able to do? Pull out that checklist! Just like we refer to developmental milestones, the common core standards let us know what our students should be able to do.
I also included a list of standards by grade that relate to speech therapy goals, without checklists, as a reference to you or to share with teachers or parents.
I’ve also included a quick 1-page screener for each grade. Every question on the screener aligns with a standard. That way you can figure out exactly where your students are struggling when you are working on a plan!
PICTURE OF SCREENER
Finally, I’ve included materials for therapy for the standards. You’ll get anchor charts with a visual explanation, “I can” charts, stimulus materials like vocabulary word lists, graphic organizers, and data sheets. You’ll have all of that for the following targets:
There are also standards overviews and “I Can” posters for pragmatics, articulation, fluency, and voice.
I’ve also included some other fun goodies, like blank “I can do it” books your students can use to track their own progress and blank data sheets you can use.
Below is an example of an anchor chart:
And its corresponding “I Can” posters….
For many topics, I include bonus reference pages as shown below:
Below is an example of the included assessment pages:
I always include blank ones too!
Here is some of it printed out: