Have you heard about Brag Tags for Speech Therapy? Maybe you have seen classroom teachers using them and wondered how you could use them in your speech room. I LOVE Brag tags in speech. Let me tell you why!
Last year I was SO, SO tired of having a treasure box with dollar store toys and candy. I was tired of the complaints that I didn’t have the right candy or the right toy...can you relate? So, I wanted to switch things up.
I had seen some on Pinterest for regular classrooms and thought it might be fun for kids in my speech room to collect them too.
Little did I know how popular and effective they would become.
First you need to download and print the brag tags. I recommend printing on card stock. Laminate first THEN cut out. Save your sanity and use a paper cutter!
I LOVE containers. I use the Acro-Mils 64Plastic Parts Storage Hardware and Craft Cabinet. It measures 20-in by 16 in and comes in black. Thank you Amazon Prime for shipping it free to me in 2 days...not that I’m impatient or anything.
It is super light and holds 64 brag tags. It has clear drawers so you can easily see what tag is where. Simply cut one and tape to the inside front of each drawer. Sometimes I group similar tags together in one drawer.
Another idea is a 3 ring binder using baseball card pockets.
Many classroom teachers use 24 inch ball chain necklaces. I don’t for two reasons. First, my kids are only with me for 30 to 45 minutes. Second, I’m very limited on space. I do not have the luxury of a full size room. I use 1 inch binder rings. And have them stored on the end of a bookcase using Command Strip Hooks.
This works well for me. When my students come, they can take theirs and bring it to the table with them. When they earn one, they add it to their ring. Another idea is to use pocket charts on a bulletin board.
One question I get is, “Can I take it home?” I do let my student’s take them home if they want to (at their own risk!) The choice is up to you. I do tell them that if they loose it, I will give them more brag tags but not another ring to store them on. Some also like to keep them on their backpacks.
I let them take them home for good when they finish speech or at the end of the school year. It’s also a fun idea to take a picture of them occasionally with their brag tag and send to mom or dad. Parents LOVE this.
In my room, each student’s name is above their hook as well as on their “First Day In Speech” Brag Tag. I simply write their name with a permanent marker on the back.
I do not keep a chart of who gets what. I mean...who has time for that!?! However, I know some times that is needed, so a chart is included with my Brag Tags in my TpT store.
I often put a few up on my white board for kids to see...a little motivation.
One thing I make clear is that they are NOT ALLOWED to ask for a Brag Tag. I want them to work diligently all the time...but it sure is fun to surprise them with a tag to reward hard work and effort!
I hope this gives you a little insight into brag tags in the speech room.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to comment below or email me: email@example.com.
You can get Speech Therapy Brag Tags in my TpT store. It is a HUGE bundle with over 200 brag tags. It includes "I Can" statements, Holidays and Special Days, Articulation and Language Brag Tags, Motivation Brag Tags, and a journaling notebook! A journaling notebook gives you the flexibility if you don't want to laminate or have display issues.
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