During my first year as a speech-language
pathologist I noticed how difficult it was
for kids to express themselves. Even to
talk about common vocabulary or objects was
a challenge. One night I went home and put
together a tool that would show kids all
the things they could include when describing.
My students started providing 7-8 details
about whatever I asked them to describe
with the tools. I then used the tool to
help my students write reports. I
used it with students in the gifted and
talented, general education, and special
education classrooms. I noticed that all the students with whom I used it made remarkable gains that were almost immediate. When our
principal saw the results with the EET,
she indicated she wanted
all of our teachers using it. I am very grateful to her and to the many teachers
who were the first to welcome the EET into
their classrooms. I then developed the EET
into a kit for classrooms and presented at my first conference.
I spend my days between presenting across the country and parenting two wonderful children. The EET is in 22 states and in over 4,000 classrooms. Although I miss having my own students, I am blessed to be able to work with students when modeling lessons. I am also enjoying the success stories and student samples sent to me by teachers.