Multisensory learning situations enable us to reach more students effectviely. (Robles et al, 2003)
The EET uses auditory, visual, and tactile information to help students/clients organize informatoin for speaking and writing.
Oral language helps organize thinking and focus ideas. It is a precursor for writing.
Students can use the EET for oral language and then transfer it into writing.
..."More important than any curriculum content is that which teaches learning strategies. (Robles et al, 2003)
The EET is a strategy that can be used year after year across the curriculum. It can be used for assignments, tests, reports, and more.
"The development of language closely relates to the development of thinking abilities. (Berry, 1985, Gambell, 1988)
The EET provides language enriched experiences that facilitate improved descriptions, definitions, comprehension of curriculum items, ability to organize information, and provie more details.
Meaning helps retention of information learned. (Sousa, 2006)
The EET focuses on semantic language areas. Semantics has to do with the meaning of words, phrases and sentences.
Short lessons segments have less down-time and are more productive. (Sousa, 2006)
The EET is quick and can be incorporated into what teachers/speech therapists are already doing in the classroom.
Lecture produces the smallest degree of retention for most.
Move away from lecture by using the EET for classroom discussion, small group activities, learning games, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
I would like to thank the hundreds of educators who have contacted me with success stories, student before and after samples, and testimonials about the EET. I would especially like to thank Mary Jo DeWeerd and Susan McCann from Hudsonville Christian School, Dawn States from Faith Lutheran School, and Elana Waugh from White Pine Academy for sharing the research and data pertaining to the EET for this section. Thank you for your help and knowledge. It’s a wonderful feeling to come across such enthusiastic and devoted educators.
Thanks and I wish your students continued success!
SHOW AND SHARE DATA- Faith 4 year old preschool
The x-axis represents the 16 students in the preschool class. The y-axis represents the number of details the preschoolers included when describing items both before being introduced to the EET (darker line) and after using the EET (lighter line). Every student in the class increased the amount of details when using the EET.
EET Writing Program Helps Improve
MEAP Scores at White Pine Academy
White Pine Academy in Leslie is in its second full year of using the Expanding Expression (EET) Writing Program, and it has proved to be a success according to the schools MEAP results in writing. The third grade improved from the 2007-2008 results by 7%, the fourth grade improved by 32% going from 18% in 2007 to 50% in 2008, and the fifth grade improved by 22% going from 26% in 2007 to 48% in 2008.
“The EET writing program is amazing. It gives the students a multi-sensory tool that targets both oral and written expression. I have seen huge improvements in the quality of my students’ writing,” says Elana Waugh, fourth grade teacher and facilitator of the program at White Pine Academy.
The EET program was created by Sara Smith, a Speech and Language Pathologist from Bay City. For more information about the program, visit www.expandingexpression.com or contact Elana Waugh at White Pine Academy.
IMPROVED DETAILS IN 2ND GRADE WRITING…
Using the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) as a Method for Improving Detail in Second Grade Students’ Writing (2009)
DeWeerd, Mary Jo
To the right is the abstract and data from the above study. “In this study, the effectiveness of the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) in helping students to provide more detail in their writing samples was investigated. Data was compiled from two sets of second grade students at Hudsonville Christian School. One set of students received eight weeks of training using the EET for prewriting and writing projects. The other set of students received no instruction with the EET. Each set of students was asked to give a baseline and ending writing sample. When reviewing the data from both groups of students involved in the study, the class trained in use of the EET shows a gain of 34 details in their writing samples while the non-EET trained class shows a gain of 8 details in their writing samples. Seventy-six percent of the students who received the EET training showed gains in the number of details included in their writing samples while only 40 percent of the class not trained in the EET made a gain in the number of details in their writing.” (DeWeerd & McCann, 2009)
Non EET Trained Class
EET Trained Class
When examining the data from the group who received the EET training, data indicates that a majority of the 21 students , or 76 percent of the students, showed gains in the number of details included in their writing
…the data from the group of students who did not receive the EET training shows that only 40 percent of this class made a gain in the number of details in their writing.