Teacher Tools Membership
Articles In Each Issue Of The Teacher Tools E-Magazine
Thanks to the teachers who have been members for the first four years of Teacher Tools. We look forward to providing you with a wealth of useful materials again this school year. Attention is given to both elementary and secondary needs in the following areas:
Straight from the Zebra’s Mouth
Unique Aspects of Students with Hearing Loss. This year the articles will focus on how to assess in the unique areas of development/function most likely to be adversely impacted by hearing loss.
Technology considerations focusing on improving access to school communication, thereby improving involvement and student outcomes.
Language Instruction Strategies
Language development materials to use for Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary Students. Strategies for this year will alternate monthly between the structure and function of language. Topics on structure include decoding plurals, compound words, prefixes, suffixes, and irregular verbs. Topics on alternate months include retelling, fact/opinion, following directions, compare/contrast, and semantic mapping. Each monthly issue will provide activities for beginning, middle, and advanced English Language students.
Vocabulary Building Tools – Words, Words, Words
Target words are presented in isolation and then in language models that increase complexity to develop a deep, comprehensive understanding of word meaning at the Word Level, Sentence Level and Context Comprehension.
Knowledge into Practice
Summaries of research relevant to teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing for improved advocacy, planning, and teaching.
Strategies for Listening Skill Development
Improving auditory skills by weaving auditory practice into lessons aligned with learning standards to take full advantage of the time the DHH professional spends with a student while also targeting an essential skill set for students with hearing loss.
Strategies for Improved Interactions
Social Skills Development & Pragmatic Language
Develop social language focusing on a different topic each month. Practice social pragmatic skills with monthly Teacher Tools articles on: Getting to Know You, Working Together in Groups, Saying “Thank you,” Making and staying in Conversations, Repair Strategies, Asking Questions, Criticizing and Complimenting, Feelings, Winning isn’t Everything. Each monthly topic will provide appropriately leveled activities for beginning, middle, and advanced students.
Steps to Self-Advocacy Success
Develop advocacy skills to enable a student to become an effective listener, successful communicator, proficient reader, and a knowledgeable consumer of goods and services related to hearing needs. New activities related to a specific goal area each month. Based on Steps to Success self-advocacy curriculum.
The Sky’s the Limit
Cartoon-based self-advocacy lessons written by an educational audiologist and school psychologist.
Transition to Adult Living
For the older student including activities that develop vocabulary and content knowledge related to real life topics they will face once they leave the school environment.
Information Included In Teacher Tools Membership
Kool Kidz Vidz – Self-Advocacy and Self-Concept Building Each video is less than 5 minutes long. All have captions or caption transcripts. Each video also has Discussion Points that teachers can use when viewing the Vidz with their students. Think about submitting your own brief videos by Kidz for Kidz! We now have 13 terrific Vidz! Experiences, advocacy, etc! Download more information about how to submit a Kool Kidz Vid here You can earn $50 off your next Supporting Success .
Materials Just for Members resource library: The many “freebies” from the Supporting Success website have been included in the Teacher Tools library so members no longer will have to go back and forth between the sites to try to find materials. New materials will also continue to be added. The materials will continue to be organized by categories that reflect the areas of the professional resources within the Supporting Success website. YOUR LIBRARY AVAILABLE ANYTIME
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2014-2015 Instructional Materials available on CD $34.00
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