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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.
The 44 Sounds in the English Language
How to teach spelling. The 44 sounds in the English language.
3 Worksheets to Help Your Students Set Goals
goal setting worksheet. Special Education.
5 Sets of Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency...
Dolch High Frequency Word cloze activities across all grade levels.
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.
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.
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.
How to Create a Successful Inclusive Classroom
The inclusive or inclusional classroom. Creating a learning environment. Teaching strategies that work.
What Are Dolch Word Lists?
Dolch sight words and wordwall flashcards. Use these most frequently used words to help children improve vocabulary.
These 10 Worksheets Explain the Difference...
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl
Use These Resources to Improve Classroom Behavior
Free printables for behavior contracts and behavior monitoring tools.
What Is Mild Intellectual Disability?
Mild mental retardation, MID mild intellectual development.
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.
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.
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.
12 Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency Words
Free printable Dolch High Frequency word cloze activities with pre-primer words.
What's the Purpose of a Special Education...
What is the special education resource room? Getting special education support in the resource room.
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.
Dolch Flash Cards for Assessment, Teaching and...
Dolch Flash Cards for assessment, teaching and activities for
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.
Self Contained Classrooms
Self contained classrooms are the most restrictive settings found in public schools.
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.
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 Write Goals for a Child's Individualized...
How to write IEP Goals. Writing IEP goals.
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.
3 Think Sheets for Students Who Break the Rules
A think sheet that focuses on broken classroom or school rules.
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
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 Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan described briefly
A Fishing Game for Math Skills
Free printables of fish you can make a fishing game with: all you need is a dowel, some string, a magnet and some paper clips.
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.
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.
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.
10 Activities That Build Social Skills
Teaching the social skills, social skills lesson ideas.
28 Suggested Accommodations for Students with...
Accommodations for students with special needs. A list of special education accommodations.
How to Improve a Student's Self-Esteem
The importance of self esteem for learners, teaching self esteem improvement. How to improve self esteem.
Use This Lesson Plan on Friendship for Students...
This lesson plan launches a unit on friendship with reading from Friendship According to Humphrey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
9 Tips for Handling Bad Behavior in Class
Handling difficult behaviors. Behavior management.
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.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.
Use This List of Common Words with Consonant...
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends. Spelling digraphs.
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.
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.
How to Create an Effective Special Education...
Effective strategies using a multi modal approach for special education students and their classroom.
Reading Comprehension - Tips for Teaching...
Reading comprehension is an essential skill in both learning to read and in life-long learning. Tips and suggestions for teachers to help improve reading comprehension in students with dyslexia.
6 Types of Reading Miscues and How to Analyze...
Miscue Analysis. How to teach reading. How to do a running record.
Try These Cloze Activities for Dolch High...
Free printable cloze activities for Dolch Primer High Frequency Words.
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.
How to Help a Student Perform and Behave at...
A comprehensive classroom management system creates a structured environment that supports students' best behavior.
Study These R-Controlled Vowel Words
R controlled vowel worksheets. R controlled vowel word wall words. Word study for r controlled vowels
How to Write an Individual Education Program
Writing the Individual Education Plan IEP. Everything you need to know about writing the IEP.
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.
How to Effectively Solve Problems in 7 Steps
Effective problem solving strategies.
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.
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.
12 Intervention Methods for Chronic Lying in...
Why children lie. Help for the child who lies. The chronic liar. Disciplining a child that lies.
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.
Teaching Reading Comprehension to Students with...
Students with dyslexia often have problems with reading comprehension and need extra assistance from teachers. The National Reading Panel provided in-depth information on how teachers can help students increase 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.
Behavioral Triage
An article to help you decide appropriate behavior interventions.
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.
A Free Printable Worksheet for Back to School...
Back to School Worksheets. Special Education.
Use These Behavior Self-Monitoring Worksheets...
Behavior Self Monitoring Checklists, Behavior Worksheets
Sight Vocabulary for Word Recognition
Dolch high frequency words are important sight words for learning word recognition.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hard of hearing disabilities
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.
Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities for...
Free printable cloze worksheets for the second grade Dolch high frequency words.
Cartoon Strip Social Interactions
Cartoon strip social interactions are cartoon strips that visually support students as they learn to interact in socially appropriate ways.
Why Instruction and Assessment Methods Should...
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.
Physically Handicapped Students
Physically handicapped students in the inclusional classroom. Helping physically disabled students.
Writing Checklist to Determine Learning...
Writing Skills Checklist to determine learning disabilities, learning disability checklist
10 Questions to Consider Before Becoming a...
The role of a special education teacher. Should I become a special education teacher.
Worksheets to Help Students Recognize Every...
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
NOREP -- Notice of Recommended Educational...
The NOREP, or Notice of Recommended Educational Placement is the last part of an Individual Education Plan, and requires the parents' signatures in order to approve the recommendations of the IEP team, including the placement.
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.
Assessment for Special Education –...
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.
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.
Curriculum Based Assessment -- Assessment for...
Curriculum based assessment (CBA) evaluates goals that come directly from the curriculum that a child is mastering.
Differentiation in Special Education:...
Learn strategies for using differentiation in the special ed classroom for students with and without disabilities in an inclusive classroom.
Letter Reversals and What It Means
Letter and word reversals, teaching printing
Bulletin Boards
Bulletin boards can be an important part of a lively instruction environment.
FBA - Functional Behavioral Analysis
A brief description of an FBA, or Functional Behavioral Analysis as used to create a BIP
Positive Reinforcement - Supporting Positive...
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.
44 Sounds in Spelling: The Dipthongs
How to teach spelling. 44 sounds in spelling, Dipthong words.
Extended School Year Services
An overview and FAQ about extended school year services (ESYs) for students with special needs - what ESYs are, who qualifies, and what it costs.
Behavior Contracts – A Weekly Level...
A behavior management system that rewards excellent behavior.
What's the Difference Between Assessment,...
Assessment and Evaluation and report card grades.
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.
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.
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.
Developmental Reading -- Teaching Reading...
A definition of developmental reading that explains its use in secondary education programs
BIP - What a Behavior Intervention Plan Contains
Once the data is collected, the FBA is written, antecedent, behavior and consequence are identified, it's time to write the Behavior Intervention Plan.
Cartoon Strip Interactions - Making Requests
Comic Strip Interactions help students learn to make social exchanges.
Multisensory Approaches for Dyslexia
Multisensory teaching has been found to be an effective way to increase the ability of students with dyslexia better process auditory and visual information and increase their ability to remember and retain information being taught. You will find tips to make a multisensory approach a part of your instruction and classroom environment.
Back To School Icebreakers, Worksheets, Resources
Back to school icebreakers, worksheets, printables and resources.
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.
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.
20 Letter Blends in Spelling and Sounds
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.
Cartoon Strip to Teach Initiating Interactions...
A lesson plan and free printable worksheet demonstrating how to use comic strip interactions to teach, model and rehearse initiations with groups.
A Home Note Program to Support Positive Behavior
Home Notes for Elementary Students
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.
IEP Fraction Goals for Emerging Mathematicians
IEP goals aligned to the Common Core State Standards
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.
How Students with Dyslexia Can Build Their...
Resources, tips and help students with dyslexia build writing skills, including strengthening sequencing skills and the difference between dyslexia and dysgraphia. Several writing project lesson plans for elementary and high school students.
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.
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.
Tips For Working with Students in Wheelchairs
Students with wheelchairs. Helping a student in a wheelchair.
Dot to Dots for Summer Fun - Counting Ones and...
Two dot to dots of a pitch, one by ones and another skip counting by fives.
Topography of Behavior
Topography is the term for what a behavior looks like.
Extinction -- Eliminating Problem Behaviors
Extinction is the word used by Behaviorists and applied behavior analysis for eliminating behaviors, specifically problem behaviors.
Should Your Child Be In an Inclusive Classroom?
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?
IEP - Individual Education Program
IEP Individual Education Plan or Program
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.
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.
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 Wheel Behavior Management System
The Color Wheel Behavior Management System uses color coding, a wheel and multiple sets of classroom rules and expectations to help students transition and more effectively manage classroom time. Page 2.
Cartoon Strips to Teach "I Statements"
Students with disabilities have a lot of trouble managing their feelings, especially "bad" feelings that
The Function of Behavior
Establishing the function of behavior in an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or education program.
Teaching Life Skills
Life Skills Support in the Classroom
Use This 'Get to Know Me' Worksheet as a Fun...
Back to school worksheets, what I like about school.
Checklists for Children with Learning...
Characteristics of learning disabilities, learning disabilities checklists
The Characteristics of a Superior Special...
This article discusses the qualities that characterize a superior special education teacher.
Effective Behavior Management
Handle all behaviors. Dealing effectively with inappropopriate behaviors. Behavior modification.
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.
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.
How to Determine a Child's Reading Readiness
Reading Checkslists and reading readiness. Reading Benchmarks.
Effective Use of Word Walls and Word Cards
How to teach reading. Use word walls and word cards for a balanced reading program.
Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers are great tools for students with learning disabilities and those requiring visuals for conceptual understanding. Worksheets and printables.
Understand Inappropriate Behavior
Understanding behavior and changing it. Dealing with bad behaviors.
Specially Designed Instruction
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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.
ABA -- Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis is a behavioral approach to understanding and changing behaviors, including verbal and academic behavior
Teaching the Life Skills
Life skills training for students with disabilities. What are the life skills?
Third Grade Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activity...
Cloze Activities for Dolch high frequency third grade words.
Fairy Tales to Build Literacy
Telling and retelling fairy tales support literacy, vocabulary development, cultural literacy and language.
Consequences, Not Punishment
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.
Life Skills - Functional Skills that Support...
Life skills are skills that children with disabilities need in order to live independently as adults.
What To Do When You Disagree
Resolving conflict and disagreements between teachers and or administrators and parents.
504 Plans for Students with Dyslexia
Students with dyslexia may be eligible for accommodations in school under Section 504. Teachers should understand and be involved in the eligibility process and in determining what accommodations will be implemented in the classroom.
Traumatic Brain Injury - TBI
A teacher's guide to traumatic brain injury. It may affect cognitive, social, physical and psychological functioning depending on the amount of damage.
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.
Reading Comprehension Rubric
Reading comprehension rubric to assess reading.
Free Worksheet Activities for the Letter A
Free activity worksheets for the letter A.
A Color Classroom Behavior Chart Using...
A behavior management tool that supports students across abilities.

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