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Worksheets You Can Print to Build Social Skills
Free worksheets for social skills and peer relationships. Social skills lessons. Character worksheets.
Behavioral Triage
An article to help you decide appropriate behavior interventions.
The 44 Sounds in the English Language
How to teach spelling. The 44 sounds in the English language.
5 Sets of Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency...
Dolch High Frequency Word cloze activities across all grade levels.
Best Practices for Teaching Down's Syndrome...
Down's Syndrome. How to teach a child with Down's Syndrome. Down's syndrome in the classroom.
6 Types of Reading Miscues and How to Analyze...
Miscue Analysis. How to teach reading. How to do a running record.
Use These Resources to Improve Classroom Behavior
Free printables for behavior contracts and behavior monitoring tools.
3 Worksheets to Help Your Students Set Goals
Goal setting worksheets. How to set goals.
49 Techniques from Doug Lemov's Teach Like a...
The 49 techniques from the book Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov have been tested and used in the charter schools of the Uncommon Schools.
Inclusion - - What is Inclusion?
Inclusion is the way in which children who receive special education services are placed in general education classrooms. Inclusion requires general education and special education teachers to work together.
These 10 Worksheets Explain the Difference...
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl
How to Make Attainable Behavior Goals for...
Behavioral goals which accompany a Functional Behavior Analysis and a Behavior Improvement Plan are part of an IEP for students whose behavior impedes their academic and social success.
6 Types of Testing in Special Education
This overview briefly describes and clusters the different kinds of formal and informal assessment used with special education students for identification, ongoing assessment and evaluation.
9 Tips for Handling Bad Behavior in Class
Handling difficult behaviors. Behavior management.
Back To School Icebreakers, Worksheets, Resources
Back to school icebreakers, worksheets, printables and resources.
Data Collection for Individual Education Plan...
Data collection is critical for progress monitoring and reporting to parents and other stakeholders. Different sorts of data sheets are provided for different kinds of data collected.
Operational Definition of Behavior -- Naming a...
An operational definition describes a behavior, even an academic behavior, in a way that any observer can identify the behavior.
What Is a Behavior Contract and How Does It Work?
A behavior contract is a useful tool for focusing a child on replacing inappropriate behavior with appropriate behavior, and can either pre-empt a Behavior Improvement Plan, or be part of a BIP
12 Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency Words
Free printable Dolch High Frequency word cloze activities with pre-primer words.
10 Activities That Build Social Skills
Teaching the social skills, social skills lesson ideas.
A Free Printable Worksheet for Back to School...
Back to School Worksheets. Special Education.
What Are Dolch Word Lists?
Dolch sight words and wordwall flashcards. Use these most frequently used words to help children improve vocabulary.
6 Worksheets to Help Children Recognize Word...
Ryming words, sight words and word familes. Teaching reading and reading comprehension. Reading lessons with word families and sight words. Rhyming word worksheets and printables. Word wall printables.
What Does 'Special Education' Actually Mean?
What is Special Education? Here you will learn what special education is along with which laws govern special education.
How to Write a Simple Functional Behavioral...
ABC, or Antecedent, Behavior and Consequence is an acronym to help the a professional assess the function of behaviors.
FBA - Identifying Behavior for a Functional...
The first step to write an FBA is identifying the behavior and describing it in an operational way so that the topography of the behavior is clear.
What's the Purpose of a Special Education...
What is the special education resource room? Getting special education support in the resource room.
Use This Lesson Plan on Friendship for Students...
This lesson plan launches a unit on friendship with reading from Friendship According to Humphrey.
Use This Helpful Resource for Rhyming Word...
Spelling with word families and rhyming words helps young children make connections in both reading and writing. It is essential for success in literacy.
How to Support Students with Behavioral and...
Students who receive special education services for behavioral and emotional support exhibit behaviors that prevent them from success in the general education environment.
What Is Mild Intellectual Disability?
Mild mental retardation, MID mild intellectual development.
How to Create a Successful Inclusive Classroom
The inclusive or inclusional classroom. Creating a learning environment. Teaching strategies that work.
6 Methods for Teaching Money Counting Skills
Counting money is a critical functional math skill that requires patiences, repetition and lots of hands on activities.
How to Write Goals for a Child's Individualized...
How to write IEP Goals. Writing IEP goals.
3 Think Sheets for Students Who Break the Rules
A Think Sheet that helps students evaluate the problem rather than focus on the punishment.
What Classroom Items Are Needed for Students...
Students with dyslexia frequently have accommodations in the classroom to help them succeed. This checklist can help teachers and parents think about what accommodations a student needs in the classroom.
28 Suggested Accommodations for Students with...
Accommodations for students with special needs. A list of special education accommodations.
IEP Writing -- Preparing an Individual...
The IEP is the heart of special education programming, and this will familiarize you with the steps required to complete an Individual Education Plan.
Use These Printable Checklists for Each Dolch...
Dolch High Frequency words represent 220 words that make up between 50 and 75 percent of all print in English. These words are foundational for reading.
How Social Skills Can Lead to Academic Success
Teaching social skills is essential for successful social behavior as well as self regulation and appropriate interaction with peers.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.
FBA - How to Write a Functional Behavior Analysis
A Functional Behavioral Analysis is the first step in writing a Behavior Improvement Plan, a required part setting behavior goals for a student with an IEP.
How to Create an Effective Special Education...
Effective strategies using a multi modal approach for special education students and their classroom.
How to Help a Student Perform and Behave at...
A comprehensive classroom management system creates a structured environment that supports students' best behavior.
Behavior Contracts – A Weekly Level...
A behavior management system that rewards excellent behavior.
How to Improve a Student's Self-Esteem
The importance of self esteem for learners, teaching self esteem improvement. How to improve self esteem.
How to Effectively Solve Problems in 7 Steps
Effective problem solving strategies.
Use This 'Get to Know Me' Worksheet as a Fun...
Back to school worksheets, what I like about school.
Positive Reinforcement - Supporting Positive...
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.
How to Write an Individual Education Program
IEP Sample for multiple exceptionalities. Page 2.
Self Contained Classrooms
Self contained classrooms are the most restrictive settings found in public schools.
How Do Hundred Charts Teach Place Value and...
A paper hundreds chart you can reproduce offers students lots of ways to learn number theory, skip counting and place value.
What Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan described briefly
What Are the Math Goals for Operations in...
Math IEP goals for the operations of addition and subtraction at the primary (Kindergarten and first grade) level which can be copied and pasted into your IEP documents.
Use This List of Common Words with Consonant...
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends. Spelling digraphs.
Worksheets to Help Students Recognize Every...
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
10 Questions to Consider Before Becoming a...
The role of a special education teacher. Should I become a special education teacher.
Reading Comprehension Skills - Making Predictions
Students with dyslexia have a hard time making predictions when reading. Prediction helps students actively participate in reading and is an important skill when measuring reading comprehension.
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia, while it shares some similarities with dyslexia, is a separate learning disability which causes problems putting thoughts on paper.
BIP - A Behavior Intervention Plan How To
A Behavior Intervention Plan lays out how a team will intervene in a problem behavior that impeding a child's academic progress.
How to Create a Classroom Routine
Establishing and teaching routines is an effective way to begin the school year, to effectively structure the school day and create an orderly environment for teaching and learning.
How Dyslexia Impacts Writing Skills
Dyslexia is a language based learning disability known for creating problems in reading but writing skills are also impacted. Students not only have problems with spelling but also with spacing, illegible handwriting and poor sentence formation.
6 Printable Worksheets for Behavior Contracts
Behavior contracts for students with behavior disorders or disabilities. Behaviour contracts. Behavior worksheets and problem solving worksheets. behaviour contracts
Accommodations, Modifications & Interventions
Special education classroom strategies including accommodations, interventions and modifications. Best practice. Accommodations, interventions and modifications for the inclusional classroom.
How to Integrate the Special Needs Student into...
Physical education for special needs students. How to integrate special needs students into physical education class.
20 Letter Blends in Spelling and Sounds
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.
Asperger's Syndrome - the Highest Functioning...
Students with Asperger's Syndrome often go undiagnosed because of strong language skills and approximate social skills. They lack good social skills, understanding of typical human emotion and behavior and executive function.
Why Instruction and Assessment Methods Should...
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.
The Best Ways to Deal with Oppositional Defiant...
Oppositional Defiant Disorder is an emotional disturbance that qualifies for special education services when it impedes a student's academic and social success in school.
19 Tips for a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom
Teachers can make small but significant changes in the classroom, teaching methods and in giving tests to help students with dyslexia better learn and succeed in the classroom.
Classroom Rules -- The Foundation of Good...
Classroom rules need to be positive, few in number, and taught with the procedures that will go with them.
Try These Cloze Activities for Dolch High...
Free printable cloze activities for Dolch Primer High Frequency Words.
Behavior Goals for Individual Education Plans
Behavior goals, written after the completion of a Functional Behavioral Analysis and a Behavior Intervention Plan for the IEP, should focus on measurable replacement behaviors in order to extinguish problem behaviors.
Use These Behavior Self-Monitoring Worksheets...
Behavior Self Monitoring Checklists, Behavior Worksheets
Social Skills Lesson Plan -- Initiating...
This lesson plan gets children with social skills deficits, especially those on the autistic spectrum, to initiate interaction with other children.
IEP - Individual Education Program
IEP Individual Education Plan or Program
12 Intervention Methods for Chronic Lying in...
Why children lie. Help for the child who lies. The chronic liar. Disciplining a child that lies.
Writing Lesson Plans in the Self Contained...
A simple format for a lesson plan that aligns IEP goals and state or Common Core State Standards. Page 4.
What's the Difference Between Figurative and...
Figurative language. Figures of speech. Figurative language lesson for students.
8 Fun Ways to Create a Positive Behavior...
There are multiple forms of positive behavior support that will create a positive learning environment and minimize the need for discipline.
Assessment for Special Education –...
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.
Letter Blends - A Lesson Plan for Students with...
Lesson plan for children with dyslexia in kindergarten, first and second grades to teach and reinforce letter blends at the beginning of a word. The bingo game can be customized to match your current lesson and can include practicing writing letters and penmanship.
A Home Note Program to Support Positive Behavior
Home Notes for Elementary Students
How to Determine a Child's Reading Readiness
Reading Checkslists and reading readiness. Reading Benchmarks.
How to Integrate Gifted Students Into a Regular...
Gifted students in the regular classroom. The inclusional model for gifted students.
Physically Handicapped Students
Physically handicapped students in the inclusional classroom. Helping physically disabled students.
Classroom Routines: A Must!
Have you ever wondered why some teachers seem to be able to handle behavior situations better than others? Become one of those teachers!
Study These R-Controlled Vowel Words
R controlled vowel worksheets. R controlled vowel word wall words. Word study for r controlled vowels
Sight Vocabulary for Word Recognition
Dolch high frequency words are important sight words for learning word recognition.
Antecedent -- A Specific Meaning for Analyzing...
In preparing a functional behavior analysis, special educators, behavior specialists and psychologists use an acronym, ABC, to understand a target behavior.
A Color Classroom Behavior Chart Using...
A behavior management tool that supports students across abilities.
Special Ed Terms to Know: Accommodation,...
Clarification on Special Education terminology, Accommodations, Modifications, and Strategies and how these terms apply to the IEP and program delivery.
Consequences, Not Punishment
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.
Cartoon Strip Social Interactions
Cartoon strip social interactions are cartoon strips that visually support students as they learn to interact in socially appropriate ways.
Base Ten Place Value and Operations
Base ten, or the digital number system, is the foundation for all math. Helping young students understand it is essential for future success in math.
Curriculum Based Assessment -- Assessment for...
Curriculum based assessment (CBA) evaluates goals that come directly from the curriculum that a child is mastering.
Replacement Behavior -- A Positive Approach to...
A replacement behavior is the behavior which will replace the target, or problem behavior, and will have a similar consequence or reinforcer.
IEP Math Goals for Counting and Cardinality
IEP goals aligned to the new Common Core State Goals, adopted by 42 states, for counting and cardinality.
Special Education Careers
Special education opportunities are growing as teachers prepare to retire and more and more children qualify for special education services. Not only are teachers needed, but also classroom para-professionals, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. Varying degrees of education and preparation are required, and can vary from state to state.
Response Cost in Behavior Management
Response cost, the removal of reinforcement for infractions of school rules, can be an effective tool to reduce undesirable behaviors of some students.
Mainstreaming
Mainstreaming definition. What does mainstreaming mean?
Letter Reversals and What It Means
Letter and word reversals, teaching printing
Writing Checklist to Determine Learning...
Writing Skills Checklist to determine learning disabilities, learning disability checklist
Functional Skills -- Skills Our Students Need...
Functional skills are skills that are needed to live independently, and include academic skills that can be applied to life.
Lesson Plans for Eid al Adha, an Islamic...
These lesson plans cover a week during the festival of Eid al Adha, the celebration of the obedience of Ibrahim, or Abraham. It falls at the end of the Hajj or pilgrimage, and is a joyful time of feasting, exchanging gifts and visiting family.
Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities for...
Free printable cloze worksheets for the second grade Dolch high frequency words.
FBA - Functional Behavioral Analysis
A brief description of an FBA, or Functional Behavioral Analysis as used to create a BIP
Extinction -- Eliminating Problem Behaviors
Extinction is the word used by Behaviorists and applied behavior analysis for eliminating behaviors, specifically problem behaviors.
IEP Statements: Focus Attention
Once the IEP is written, it is imperative that the student is taught the goals and fully understands what the expectations are.
Checklists for Children with Learning...
Characteristics of learning disabilities, learning disabilities checklists
Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers are great tools for students with learning disabilities and those requiring visuals for conceptual understanding. Worksheets and printables.
FBA - Collecting Information About the Target...
Once problem behaviors have been identified and named, data is collected to evaluate the extent, the setting and the purpose of a problem behavior.
Should Your Child Be In an Inclusive Classroom?
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?
FBA - Analyzing Your Information for a...
The Functional Behavior Analysis ends with the most important step, analyzing the data and deciding what reinforces the problem behavior, so you can chose a replacement and reinforce that in the same way.
How to Make a Rubric for Differentiation
Learn how to create rubrics that can be used to structure assignments and evaluate student work in an inclusive classroom.
Free Capital Letters Worksheets
Capital Letters Worksheets. How to use uppercase letters. Free language worksheets.
A Color Wheel Behavior Management System
The color wheel classroom management system is a tool to clarify classroom expectations and help understand different expectations for different instructional activities
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment,...
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards By Marvin Marshall, Ed.D.
Effective Behavior Management
Handle all behaviors. Dealing effectively with inappropopriate behaviors. Behavior modification.
Does Bloom’s Taxonomy Improve Higher-Leve...
Questioning techniques. How to ask better questions. Bloom's Taxonomy.
Introducing Integers and Rational Numbers to...
Introducing integers, positive and negative numbers and ordered pairs to the special education program.
Anecdotal Records as a Foundation for Behavior...
Anecdotal records may be insufficient to validate teaching strategies or instructional methods, but can provide valuable information when evaluating problem behaviors.
Third Grade Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activity...
Cloze Activities for Dolch high frequency third grade words.
Ten Frames to Teach Number Sense
A ten frame is a visual means to build number sense.
Data Collection for Discrete Trial Training - A...
A free printable data sheet for collecting data for discrete trials.
Reinforcement Menus to Support Behavior...
A menu of reinforcement choices helps you find out what is important enough to your class to employ to improve behavior or classroom performance.
Cartoon Strip Interactions - Making Requests
Comic Strip Interactions help students learn to make social exchanges.
Free Worksheet Activities for the Letter A
Free activity worksheets for the letter A.
How Behavior Self Monitoring Can Hold Students...
Special education students succeed with behavior management tools that make them accountable for their own behavior.
IEP Goals -- Writing Effective Goals for...
IEP Goals for progress monitoring spell out the behavior, the circumstances, the performance expectations and the data collection schedule for goals that are the backbone of a child's special education program.
Data Driven Instruction in Special Education
Using data to assess your instructional strategies is crucial for student success.
Differentiation in Special Education:...
Learn strategies for using differentiation in the special ed classroom for students with and without disabilities in an inclusive classroom.
How To Brainstorm in the Classroom
Brainstorming in the classroom. How to have an effective brainstorm.
Data Collection — the Underpinning of...
Data collection is a regular, weekly part of collecting information to assess the success of special education students on their IEP goals.
ABA -- Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis is a behavioral approach to understanding and changing behaviors, including verbal and academic behavior
Reading Comprehension Skills: Organizing...
Students with dyslexia have a hard time organizing information as they read, making their reading comprehension suffer. Teachers can help by giving an overview of reading material before reading, helping students understand how text is organized in books and teaching students to use graphic organizers.
Tips For Working with Students in Wheelchairs
Students with wheelchairs. Helping a student in a wheelchair.
The Function of Behavior
Establishing the function of behavior in an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or education program.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hard of hearing disabilities
Printable Worksheets for the Alphabet
Alphabet worksheets. Printing worksheets. Handwriting.
Social Skills Lessons on Friends -- Build a...
This is a brief lesson for the social skills unit on friends, involving labeling hands, head and feet with things a friend will do.
Irlen Syndrome
Individuals with this condition, once called Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, see words that are blurry, have patterns or appear to move on the page.
The Characteristics of a Superior Special...
This article discusses the qualities that characterize a superior special education teacher.
Making Inferences
Making inferences is drawing conclusions based on information that has been implied in communication, often difficult to impossible for children with disabilities, especially dyslexia.
Task Analysis -- A Well Written Task Analysis...
A good task analysis is critical for teaching students with disabilities all of the discrete steps required to complete tasks we often take for granted.
Letter Recognition for Reading in Special...
Letter recognition is a foundational skill that many learning disabled students struggle with, but this article offers some suggestions to support student success.
Teaching Life Skills
Life Skills Support in the Classroom
Dolch Flash Cards for Assessment, Teaching and...
Dolch Flash Cards for assessment, teaching and activities for
Activities to Practice Decoding Skills for...
Learning reading decoding skills can help improve reading fluency and reading comprehension in children with dyslexia. Tips, suggestions and activities to help teachers teach students skills in recognizing sounds and sound blends, using context to understand word meaning and understanding the role of each word in the sentence.
Capitalization Rules
Students with learning disabilities need intervention and practice with grammar. Be sure to provide opportunity for direct teaching and self-correction.
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