Looking for a fun way to encourage students to speak? Especially those shy kiddo's that prefer to look away and not respond? I've got a few tricks to share with you!
First things first- a microphone. It's amazing how a simple microphone can give your students super powers to talk! and to ENJOY talking!
2nd idea- THE most entertaining iphone/ipod/ipad app in the world! Okay- exaggeration. But it is quite hilarious. It's an app that lets you change your voice- speed it up, slow it down and distort your face. My students have a blast picking the green monster face, the square chin face or the fat face. They get to record themselves and then rematch it in a HILARIOUS manner. Now it does require some supervision from an aide to make sure they are using it for meaningful communication- but with little supervision you can see a LOT of talking. I've also had some students read sentences or short stories with it. THE ENTIRE CLASS giggles when we play it back.
There is a free and paid version. I have the free one and it's all I need. It's called Crazy HeliumBooth FREE
The third trick I use with some of my kiddo's is a mirror. I know many speech and language pathologists use them during speech sessions because they work SO WELL. However I am finding out that many teachers have not tried using them in their own classroom. Just by a cheap one from the dollar store- you don't need anything fancy!
(oooo the power of the mirror! lol)