Deb Pekny

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All of the lessons in this document, unless otherwise noted, are designed to be completed within a 30-minute session. This time frame includes review of target vocabulary, reading aloud the selection and completing the vocabulary-related activities
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This is a brief description of how to develop a vocabulary lesson based on a children's book. You will learn how to select appropriate vocabulary, the types of follow-up questions to plan and how to execute the lesson.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I worked for more than 30 years as a school-based speech-language pathologist and am now happily retired. However, I continue to be a vocal advocate for using robust vocabulary teaching techniques to assist students in developing the underlying language skills necessary to become good readers. I have developed materials to assist speech-language pathologists and classroom teachers in robust vocabulary instruction and offer them here. I have used these materials in schools where I've taught with positive response from both students and teachers!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I enjoy activities that are engaging for students and that are relevant to educational needs. I have always enjoyed working with teachers and value their input regarding the needs of their students. I prefer working in the classroom rather than the "Speech Therapy" room. I have used literature as the basis for language remediation for many years. Reading aloud to students continues to be one of my favorite activities.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been a finalist for both "Exceptional EducationTeacher of the Year" and Teacher of the Year". I developed the resource Vocabulary ALIVE! for use by classsroom teachers and SLPs.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from the University of South Florida (1974) and held a Certificate Of Clinical Competence from ASHA until my retirement in 2009. I have attended numerous conferences and participated in trainings related to the connection between language deficits and reading success.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I moved to Kentucky in 2010, where I have 2 siblings that we had visited on several previous holidays. We love living here! I spend my "spare time" painting watercolors, knitting, handcrafting books with recycled materials and reading. I continue to be an advocate for "robust" vocabulary instruction, knowing that it is an effective and fun way to increase vocabulary skills. Reading BRINGING WORDS TO LIFE by Isabel Beck changed my life!

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