First, let me say, I would LOVE nothing more than to have my students in my little tiny speech room right now.
But we can’t…..so I have moved to Google Classroom and it is working really well right now.
Here is how my building set up Google Classrooms for kids with IEPs.
- Each child has their own, confidential, google classroom to access content, strategies, video replay, worksheets, etc.
- The case manager sets up the classroom, then invites the classroom teacher, other collaborating teachers, as well as ST/OT/PT, etc.
- The stream is a summary of assignments and notes.
- Classwork is the actual material, videos, or assignments.
- Under Classwork, you can develop a topic. This is where we have each of the main service areas for the IEP. For example Reading, Math, Speech Therapy, Social, OT
- It is under the Classwork tab, then the Speech Therapy topic that I have a letter to each of my students outlining my office hours during the closure as well as my contact information. This is also where I post the links to the Google Meet. Therefore this one platform will work for synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
- Important reminder: turn off all notifications to reduce the number of emails.
- I am going to use this Classwork tab as a place to post asynchronous videos, assignments, strategies for home, or worksheets.
- It is efficient because it allows for posting content to multiple children (classrooms). So I can push out a conversation starter worksheet out to all of my kids working on social language skills where I think it would be beneficial.
- I send this to the student email, but for younger kids, I add the parents as well. This is helping with the follow-through of recommendations and assignments. I also send it to the classroom teacher.
- Bonus: I haven’t made a single copy since school has been canceled. I love it.
I will be sure to post some of the resources and activities I have been saving to Google Classroom.
Comment and let me know what you have been sending home during the school closure.