Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday: Student Speech Folders

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my Back to School Week! Today, I'm focusing on my speech folders!

Student folders really help me stay organized. I use them to keep data, student information, and sticker charts, as well as student work samples!

Each folder is a 2-pocket file folder (without the 3-punch thing in the middle). You can get them from Target for $0.10.  I get different colors and let the students pick which color they want. If you're not a fan of the 2-pocket file folders, you can keep them in a large 3-ring binder with separate sections for each grade! (This is what I do for all of the students who don't come to my actual speech room (mostly inclusion and consult students).

Here's what I include in my student speech folders:

Parent Student Information Sheet: I send this home for parents to fill out. It gives me their important information at my fingertips without me having to look it up, and gives me an insight into what the parents' concerns are for their kids long before I meet them at an IEP meeting.

SLP Student Information Sheet: I fill this out on each of my students. I started doing this the year I went out for maternity leave. It made the transition between therapists easier. It also helps me to establish a rapport with my students when I remember what they like and don't like!

Speech/Language Mission Statement Sheet: I have all of my students fill this out during the first week of speech. For those who can't write, I write it down for them and they sign their names. It is SO important for students to know WHY they are being pulled out of class each day. They need to take ownership of their speech goals and be able to explain to others what they are working on! This keeps us all accountable! (Plus, administrators LOVE to see this, hint hint!)

Student Data Sheets:  I keep one of these in the folders for each goal. We may not take data on every goal every day, but again, it helps students to take accountability of their progress and self-monitor. They LOVE to color in their data and see their graphs rise! Even my Pre-K and Kindergarten students do this, with a little help!

Student Sticker Chart:  I use stickers and a treasure box for behavior management and motivation. The only requirements are that they show up, follow the rules, and try their best. Five stickers in a row earns them a trip to the treasure box (which they'll do just about anything for!)

In addition to these pages, I also keep student work products in their folders to pull out during parent conferences, IEP meetings, etc. It's so great to give these samples to the students at the end of the year and see how far they've come!

Having everything together and easily accessible for each child makes my life much easier. Whether I keep them in separate folders or one big binder (I've done it both ways), these student folder sheets keep me organized and on track!

You can download these student folder sheets for FREE in my TPT Store! Click on the picture or the link below!

Here's a breakdown of the posts for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: Getting to Know Your Kids
Wednesday: Expectations & Behavior Management
Thursday: TEAM Work
Friday: Therapy Planning & Wingin' It!


  1. Great post and I do things very similarly! I can't open any of your downloads though, they probably just aren't set to public viewing :)

  2. Jenn-Thanks so much for letting me know. I went back and changed my settings on all of my downloads so everyone can access them without problems. Thanks for reading!

    Whitney :)

  3. I don't see how to download. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Marcie, You click on the link on the name of each item: (Speech Folder Download) for instance. It will take you to google docs to download. If you are still having trouble, let me know, and I can email them to you.

  4. Love the idea of adding PRIZE at the end of page. I have the students get 10 stickers before I prize and I spend several minutes of therapy each session counting with them! This will help:)