The Last Pair Pear Tree

2 Jun

pear tree2016I have written before about how I have an end of the year tradition of putting up a pear tree. The students add pears on which  they have written  homophones or homonyms.  I give them a sucker in exchange for putting the pear up.  It becomes a bit of a competition and a learning experience.  It amazes me that students still come up with new ones after about 8 years of collecting them.

The tree is special because It is in  remembrance of my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Pilatski who had great ways to engage her students. I have fond memories of her.  She would like that it became a tradition.  Also one of my colleagues bought the pear die a few years back  in remembrance of her mother, a former teacher,  who also collected homonyms. It made my paper cutting so much easier.

I say this is the last pair/pear tree because I am retiring at the end of this school year and I don’t know if the tradition will be continued.  It still is a very nice  finale for my bulletin board.  I hope you have enjoyed all the art work my students have completed in their quest to give and follow directions in speech class.

I am retiring, but Speech Therapy still runs in my veins.  I will need to see how I reinvent myself.

 

cjmonty

I am an ASHA certified Speech and Language Pathologist working in the public school systems 30 plus years.

2 thoughts on “The Last Pair Pear Tree

  1. I too have used your pear tree idea in the past. Thanks for the inspiration. Congratulations on your retirement! After being an SLP since 1977 I too am pondering retirement… maybe next year. Best wished for your new adventure!

    • My respect for you. You have a few years in. There have been a lot of changes since then. You dont realize how much until you reflect back. We could have quite a discussion. I have enjoyed using material from your blog as well. My career originally started in MN and ND. I believe that is your stomping ground?

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