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Frustrated with receiving one-word answers when asking students to describe objects, items, events or vocabulary? The EET is a must have! This simple, yet brilliant multi-sensory program will dramatically boost oral and written language expression. This complete program provides a hands-on, structured approach to describing and defining.
As a mnemonic device, it provides visual and tactile information to help expand word choice, keep students on topic, reduce the need for prompting, and improve organization and comprehension. Its hierarchical approach will quickly take a student's expression from single words to descriptive paragraphs to full reports!
This program has been classroom tested in both regular and special education classes. It supports Language Arts curriculum and is also designed for RTI, Inclusion, Content Based Instruction and more. Use with ages pre-K through high school.
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Use to boost students' oral and written language expression. EET will expand word choice, keep students on topic, reduce the need for prompting, and improve organization and comprehension. Its hierarchical approach will quickly take a student's expression from single words to descriptive paragraphs to full reports!
The Expanding Expression Tool Kit (EET) is designed to be used by speech-language pathologists, teachers, literacy coaches, reading specialists, parents, and other specialists who support academics.
Student age range: preschool through high school students.
The EET is a simple yet brilliant tool for children. The genius is in its simplicity, the brilliance is in the research. This attractive, durable creation is exactly what all children need to maximize their literacy potential. The manual is easy to read, easy to follow, and generic enough for all subject use. The Expanding Expression Tool must be part of every classroom.
TESTIMONIALS from SECOND GRADERS:
EET Press Coverage from Jackson County, Michigan:
New Teaching Technique Spreads Success Across Jackson County
For elementary school and cognitively impaired students across Jackson County, a new learning tool is taking the intimidation out of the blank page when it comes time to write. The Expanding Expression Tool, or EET, is an unassuming tactile and visual aid that helps students describe objects and organize their writing. By sight, it's just a rope with seven colored beads the size of ping pong balls, but in practice it is boosting descriptive abilities in speech and writing, say local teachers.
"This is the best writing I've ever gotten out of any group," said Stacy Hampton, who has taught second grade for seven years at East Jackson's Memorial Elementary School. After comparing pre-EET and post-EET writing samples (about whales), Hampton credited the tool for pushing her students from one-word answers and drawings to seven-sentence descriptive paragraphs.
Here's how it works: Each colored bead stands for a descriptive quality. For example, the blue stands for "do," as in "What does it do?" Students memorize and recite what each bead represents and keep the beads in mind, or in hand, when they write.
Developed over nine years by Bay City speech-language pathologist Sara Smith, the $229 EET kit has been available for four years. In recent months, it has grabbed attention beyond speech pathologists - Smith has sold about 1,500 kits to schools in 13 states.
Smith said Jackson County schools are leading the way with the EET. It's popping up in classrooms from East Jackson to Hanover-Horton to Grass Lake, where each elementary teacher has a kit, and where middle school English and language arts teachers use it too.
"What I love, because of the way it's going around Jackson County, teachers are running into other teachers and finding out they're using it," said Jackson County Intermediate School District speech pathologist Gail Morris. Morris, who received 16 kits through a grant of $2,500 (split between the Jackson Community Foundation and JCISD), calls the EET a "gold mine for provoking writing and self-questioning." She said some of her students have improved dramatically and returned to regular classrooms.
Tina Wilson, multi-age cognitive-impairment teacher at Memorial, along with Morris and Hampton, said they hesitated before trying the tool. "I was so amazed that after two times, (students) remembered what the beads mean," Wilson said.
Her students were bursting with ideas about monkeys while going through the "magic beads" during a recent class. Ages 6 through 11, the students still struggled to spell "monkey" and "bananas" when it came time to write, but Wilson said the ideas indicate progress.
Down the hall the same day, Morris and Hampton walked a second-grade class through a compare-and-contrast exercise about oranges and broccoli using the beads. Besides description and comparison, the EET kit encourages teachers to apply the beads to biographies, narratives, outlines and lesson plans.
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