The best way to make the most of your activity matrix is to collaborate with your team. Have a quick get together and brainstorm ideas that your students can be working on goals throughout their school day. How can you embed activities in activities throughout the school day? Are students working on handwriting? Take some chalk to recess and find ways to incorporate writing at recess. Are students working on number recognition? Number spaces for lining up and assign students to a number. When it is time to line up, students find the corresponding number.
Find ways to increase communication throughout the day. I love when I spoke with my SLP to complete a matrix and she shared so many ideas I had not thought about. You know that snack your student loves to eat everyday? Cut it up into a few pieces. Have students work on requesting by attribute! Working on greetings? Don't forget to greet the office staff in the morning and cafeteria staff at lunch time. We just increased our opportunities to practice these skills!
Check out this activity matrix that was put together for recess time by the staff I work with:
(names have been changed for confidentiality)
Check out the editable document on the top and how it's stored on our Google Drive. You could even create and store a matrix for each student and give them a separate Drive Folder.
Here's how I held them accountable. I armed them with the activity matrix for recess and a highlighter. The task was simple. Each para was assigned 2 students a day and were responsible for having them complete tasks on the activity matrix. How would I know what tasks were completed? They would simply highlight what they did with the students and jot down any important notes that popped up during the recess period. This worked like a charm and students were practicing so many skills across their recess period that I quickly drafted additional activity matrixes for other times of the day.
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