The Idea . . .
During my first year as a speech and language pathologist I had many students who had
a hard time expressing themselves. Even to talk about common vocabulary or objects
was a challenge. One night I went home and put together a tool to show kids all the
things they could include when describing. Using the tool my students started providing
7-8 details about whatever they described. They then used it to write reports. All the
students using the EET (students in the gifted and talented, general education, and
special education classrooms) 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 have much gratitude to her and to the many teachers who were the
first to welcome the EET into their classrooms.
And Now . . .
I spend my days 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. Thank you
to the schools and districts who have adopted the EET into their classrooms. I wish your
students much success and look forward to supporting you along the way!
Course Description . . .
The Expanding Expression Tool (EET) is a multi-sensory approach used to facilitate more
detailed descriptions and definitions. The tool motivates students to clearly define
vocabulary, write informational reports, use vibrant details and write from prior
knowledge. As a mnemonic devise it provides visual and tactile information for improved
language organization. During the training, participants will be taught how to follow a
hierarchical approach taking students’ expression from words to paragraphs to reports.
The research basis, hands-on activities, samples
from students and strategies/ideas for students are all part of this presentation.
Professional Development Outcomes
Participants will be able to…
Teach a multi-sensory approach for
including more details in oral and
Explain how to collect baseline data
and monitor progress using the
Complete curriculum based lessons
using the language tool.
Explain how to use strategies to target
the following areas: vocabulary
comprehension and expression, report
writing, biographies and autobiographies,