SLP Corner: Shrinking Speech Therapy Homework Sheets Results in More Homework Complete
by Erik X. Raj
Not too long ago, I wrote a blog post about mini homework sheets. To recap, in the past I’ve noticed that almost every single time I gave my students some speech therapy homework, a few days later they would almost always confess to me that they were not able to complete the homework because they had lost it. So in an effort to shrink the percentage of homework sheets lost, I came up with the idea to LITERALLY shrink the actual homework sheets.
Yup, I made ’em smaller.
I created articulation-centered homework sheets for my students that were pocket-sized, instead of the standard paper size of 8.5″ wide by 11″ tall. My rationale for these tiny homework sheets was that if the take home practice papers were a bit smaller, roughly the size of a typical cell phone, they might not get lost as much because students could just put the homework sheets directly into their pockets, thus, the homework sheets would have a better chance of ACTUALLY making it home.
Did my mini homework sheets idea work?
Absolutely! This idea has been a massive hit. My articulation students love getting mini homework sheets and they almost always will bring them back completed. And get this, they will now even request a mini homework sheet once the speech therapy session comes to a close. Imagine that?! Students asking, “Hey Mr. Raj. Do you have another homework page for my pocket today?”Now THAT’S music to my ears. Sweet, sweet music!
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