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Christmas Brainstorm Activity
Christmas Worksheets. A great brainstorm activity for Christmas.
Behavioral Triage
An article to help you decide appropriate behavior interventions.
Worksheets You Can Print to Build Social Skills
Free worksheets for social skills and peer relationships. Social skills lessons. Character worksheets.
Printable Christmas Rhyme Booklet
Christmas rhyming booklet. Special Education. Page 2.
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.
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.
Christmas Writing Worksheets
Acrostic poem worksheets for christmas. Writing worksheet. Page 4.
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.
Christmas Graphic Organizers
Christmas worksheets and christmas graphic organizers
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.
Christmas Writing Paper with Decorative Borders
Free printable writing papers with decorative Christmas borders to make writing fun for your students.
3 Worksheets to Help Your Students Set Goals
goal setting worksheet. Special Education.
Christmas in Uganda - a Scrumptious Family...
Sekukkulu, or Christmas, is celebrated in Uganda by dressing up, worshiping at church, and feasting on traditional banana and chicken meals, created with love and celebrated for days.
Use These Resources to Improve Classroom Behavior
Free printables for behavior contracts and behavior monitoring tools.
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.
Christmas Writing Printables
Free Christmas printables for writing 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.
A Lesson Plan for Fantasy Christmas Shopping
A differentiated lesson plan that uses Christmas, shopping and your students own motivation to solve problems, use functional reading skills and math skills.
What Are Dolch Word Lists?
Dolch sight words and wordwall flashcards. Use these most frequently used words to help children improve vocabulary.
How to Create a Successful Inclusive Classroom
The inclusive or inclusional classroom. Creating a learning environment. Teaching strategies that work.
Lesson Plans for Christmas—Lesson Plans...
These Lesson Plans cover five days of activities which emphasize the story and the cultural practices surrounding Christmas, a favorite holiday in the United States.
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.
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
28 Suggested Accommodations for Students with...
Accommodations for students with special needs. A list of special education accommodations.
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.
These 10 Worksheets Explain the Difference...
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl
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.
12 Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency Words
Free printable Dolch High Frequency word cloze activities with pre-primer words.
What Is Mild Intellectual Disability?
Mild mental retardation, MID mild intellectual development.
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.
9 Tips for Handling Bad Behavior in Class
Handling difficult behaviors. Behavior management.
Christmas Skip Counting Dot to Dots
An Easy Free Printable Snowman Dot to Dot for Christmas.
Self Contained Classrooms
Self contained classrooms are the most restrictive settings found in public schools.
10 Activities That Build Social Skills
Teaching the social skills, social skills lesson ideas.
What Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan described briefly
3 Think Sheets for Students Who Break the Rules
A Think Sheet that helps students evaluate the problem rather than focus on the punishment.
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's the Purpose of a Special Education...
What is the special education resource room? Getting special education support in the resource room.
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.
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.
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.
Why Instruction and Assessment Methods Should...
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.
How to Create an Effective Special Education...
Effective strategies using a multi modal approach for special education students and their classroom.
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.
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.
Use This Lesson Plan on Friendship for Students...
This lesson plan launches a unit on friendship with reading from Friendship According to Humphrey.
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.
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
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.
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.
Try These Cloze Activities for Dolch High...
Free printable cloze activities for Dolch Primer High Frequency Words.
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.
Structured Writing Activities for Christmas
Free printable structured writing outlines and graphic organizers for Christmas
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.
6 Types of Reading Miscues and How to Analyze...
Miscue Analysis. How to teach reading. How to do a running record.
Developmental Reading -- Teaching Reading...
A definition of developmental reading that explains its use in secondary education programs
Numbered Pair Puzzles for Christmas
A Christmas tree puzzles using ordered pairs.
How to Improve a Student's Self-Esteem
The importance of self esteem for learners, teaching self esteem improvement. How to improve self esteem.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.
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.
Use These Behavior Self-Monitoring Worksheets...
Behavior Self Monitoring Checklists, Behavior Worksheets
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.
Study These R-Controlled Vowel Words
R controlled vowel worksheets. R controlled vowel word wall words. Word study for r controlled vowels
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.
Assessment for Special Education –...
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.
Christmas Activities, Worksheets and Lesson Plans
A list of articles that provide resources for special educators during the Christmas season.
How to Write an Individual Education Program
IEP Sample for multiple exceptionalities. Page 2.
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 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.
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 List of Common Words with Consonant...
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends. Spelling digraphs.
A Home Note Program to Support Positive Behavior
Home Notes for Elementary Students
Writing Checklist to Determine Learning...
Writing Skills Checklist to determine learning disabilities, learning disability checklist
How to Effectively Solve Problems in 7 Steps
Effective problem solving strategies.
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.
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.
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.
IEP - Individual Education Program
IEP Individual Education Plan or Program
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia, while it shares some similarities with dyslexia, is a separate learning disability which causes problems putting thoughts on paper.
Worksheets to Help Students Recognize Every...
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
Sight Vocabulary for Word Recognition
Dolch high frequency words are important sight words for learning word recognition.
Dyslexia Definition Symptoms
Dyslexia symptoms and definition, reading disability
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.
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.
Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities for...
Free printable cloze worksheets for the second grade Dolch 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 Integrate the Special Needs Student into...
Physical education for special needs students. How to integrate special needs students into physical education class.
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.
10 Questions to Consider Before Becoming a...
The role of a special education teacher. Should I become a special education teacher.
Accommodations, Modifications & Interventions
Special education classroom strategies including accommodations, interventions and modifications. Best practice. Accommodations, interventions and modifications for the inclusional classroom.
Positive Reinforcement - Supporting Positive...
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.
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.
Reach and Teach Students with ADHD - What You...
Teaching students with ADHD, best practice for working with students with ADHD
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 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.
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.
How To Brainstorm in the Classroom
Brainstorming in the classroom. How to have an effective brainstorm.
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.
Extinction -- Eliminating Problem Behaviors
Extinction is the word used by Behaviorists and applied behavior analysis for eliminating behaviors, specifically problem behaviors.
Checklists for Children with Learning...
Characteristics of learning disabilities, learning disabilities checklists
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hard of hearing disabilities
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.
Shaping -- A Teaching Technique Which Moves...
Shaping is a teaching technique developed by behaviorists in which successive approximations are accepted.
FBA - Functional Behavioral Analysis
A brief description of an FBA, or Functional Behavioral Analysis as used to create a BIP
Cartoon Strip Social Interactions
Cartoon strip social interactions are cartoon strips that visually support students as they learn to interact in socially appropriate ways.
Curriculum Based Assessment -- Assessment for...
Curriculum based assessment (CBA) evaluates goals that come directly from the curriculum that a child is mastering.
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.
Text Features in Non-Fiction
Text features help students understand non fiction informational texts.
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.
Physically Handicapped Students
Physically handicapped students in the inclusional classroom. Helping physically disabled students.
Printable Worksheets for the Alphabet
Alphabet worksheets. Printing worksheets. Handwriting.
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.
Letter Reversals and What It Means
Letter and word reversals, teaching printing
Mainstreaming
Mainstreaming definition. What does mainstreaming mean?
Consequences, Not Punishment
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.
Third Grade Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activity...
Cloze Activities for Dolch high frequency third grade words.
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.
What's the Difference Between Assessment,...
Assessment and Evaluation and report card grades.
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.
What's the Difference Between Figurative and...
Figurative language. Figures of speech. Figurative language lesson for students.
Recognizing Dyslexia in the Classroom
Dyslexia, the most common language based learning disability, too often goes undiagnosed in children. Understanding the warning signs and how dyslexia appears in the classroom helps teachers refer students for early identification and intervention.
Topography of Behavior
Topography is the term for what a behavior looks like.
Intelligence Testing for Special Education
Intelligence testing is a regular part of the semi-annual or tri-annual evaluation report, as well as identifying cognitive disabilities.
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.
20 Letter Blends in Spelling and Sounds
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.
Tips For Working with Students in Wheelchairs
Students with wheelchairs. Helping a student in a wheelchair.
Christmas Writing Themes
Free printable writing sheets for Christmas on popular themes.
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.
Project Based Learning for Special Education...
Project based learning is a powerful way to include children across developmental, intellectual and ability differences, engaging them in projects at their own ability levels.
Specially Designed Instruction
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Bulletin Boards
Bulletin boards can be an important part of a lively instruction environment.
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.
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.
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 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.
Standardized Achievement Testing - Assessment...
Standardized Achievement Tests are designed to test large populations and evaluate school or district wide educational programming.
Should Your Child Be In an Inclusive Classroom?
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?
Back To School Icebreakers, Worksheets, Resources
Back to school icebreakers, worksheets, printables and resources.
Individual Achievement Tests for Special...
Individual Achievement Tests provide important information for present levels on the IEP, for diagnosis and progress monitoring.
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.
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment,...
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards By Marvin Marshall, Ed.D.
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.
Does Bloom’s Taxonomy Improve Higher-Leve...
Questioning techniques. How to ask better questions. Bloom's Taxonomy.
The Function of Behavior
Establishing the function of behavior in an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or education program.
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.
A Free Printable Worksheet for Back to School...
Back to School Worksheets. Special Education.
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