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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.
Halloween Edits and Story Starters
The Haunted Ring is a Printable Edit and Story Starter for Halloween that gives students practice in editing for spelling, usage, punctuation and conventions as well as starting and exciting Halloween story.
5 Sets of Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency...
Dolch High Frequency Word cloze activities across all grade levels.
The 44 Sounds in the English Language
How to teach spelling. The 44 sounds in the English language.
Free Printable Math Worksheet for Halloween
Monster Math worksheets provide fun but structured practice in solving word problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
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.
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 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.
Use These Resources to Improve Classroom Behavior
Free printables for behavior contracts and behavior monitoring tools.
What Are Dolch Word Lists?
Dolch sight words and wordwall flashcards. Use these most frequently used words to help children improve vocabulary.
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.
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.
How to Create a Successful Inclusive Classroom
The inclusive or inclusional classroom. Creating a learning environment. Teaching strategies that work.
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.
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
3 Worksheets to Help Your Students Set Goals
Goal setting worksheets. How to set goals.
What Is Mild Intellectual Disability?
Mild mental retardation, MID mild intellectual development.
6 Types of Reading Miscues and How to Analyze...
Miscue Analysis. How to teach reading. How to do a running record.
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.
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.
Use This Lesson Plan on Friendship for Students...
This lesson plan launches a unit on friendship with reading from Friendship According to Humphrey.
10 Activities That Build Social Skills
Teaching the social skills, social skills lesson ideas.
These 10 Worksheets Explain the Difference...
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl
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.
28 Suggested Accommodations for Students with...
Accommodations for students with special needs. A list of special education accommodations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan described briefly
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.
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.
How to Create an Effective Special Education...
Effective strategies using a multi modal approach for special education students and their classroom.
Use This List of Common Words with Consonant...
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends. Spelling digraphs.
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.
9 Tips for Handling Bad Behavior in Class
Handling difficult behaviors. Behavior management.
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.
Behavior Contracts – A Weekly Level...
A behavior management system that rewards excellent behavior.
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 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.
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
How to Write Goals for a Child's Individualized...
How to write IEP Goals. Writing IEP goals.
What's the Purpose of a Special Education...
What is the special education resource room? Getting special education support in the resource room.
Self Contained Classrooms
Self contained classrooms are the most restrictive settings found in public schools.
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.
Use These Behavior Self-Monitoring Worksheets...
Behavior Self Monitoring Checklists, Behavior Worksheets
Try These Cloze Activities for Dolch High...
Free printable cloze activities for Dolch Primer High Frequency Words.
Assessment for Special Education –...
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.
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.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.
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.
How to Write an Individual Education Program
Writing the Individual Education Plan IEP. Everything you need to know about writing the IEP.
10 Questions to Consider Before Becoming a...
The role of a special education teacher. Should I become a special education teacher.
Study These R-Controlled Vowel Words
R controlled vowel worksheets. R controlled vowel word wall words. Word study for r controlled vowels
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.
How to Effectively Solve Problems in 7 Steps
Effective problem solving strategies.
How to Improve a Student's Self-Esteem
The importance of self esteem for learners, teaching self esteem improvement. How to improve self esteem.
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia, while it shares some similarities with dyslexia, is a separate learning disability which causes problems putting thoughts on paper.
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.
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 to Help a Student Perform and Behave at...
A comprehensive classroom management system creates a structured environment that supports students' best behavior.
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.
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.
How to Integrate the Special Needs Student into...
Physical education for special needs students. How to integrate special needs students into physical education class.
Halloween Free Printable Dot to Dots to...
Halloween free printable dot to dots to help students practice skip counting by 5's and 10's to support counting money and telling time.
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.
Worksheets to Help Students Recognize Every...
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities for...
Free printable cloze worksheets for the second grade Dolch high frequency words.
12 Intervention Methods for Chronic Lying in...
Why children lie. Help for the child who lies. The chronic liar. Disciplining a child that lies.
Consequences, Not Punishment
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.
IEP - Individual Education Program
IEP Individual Education Plan or Program
Positive Reinforcement - Supporting Positive...
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.
A Home Note Program to Support Positive Behavior
Home Notes for Elementary Students
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Instruction and Assessment Methods Should...
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.
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.
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.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hard of hearing disabilities
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accommodations, Modifications & Interventions
Special education classroom strategies including accommodations, interventions and modifications. Best practice. Accommodations, interventions and modifications for the inclusional 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.
Halloween Resources for Special Education and...
Halloween resources for teachers in special education and full inclusion classes are pulled together here to make your holiday planning easy.
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.
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.
Physically Handicapped Students
Physically handicapped students in the inclusional classroom. Helping physically disabled students.
Curriculum Based Assessment -- Assessment for...
Curriculum based assessment (CBA) evaluates goals that come directly from the curriculum that a child is mastering.
Third Grade Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activity...
Cloze Activities for Dolch high frequency third grade words.
Letter Reversals and What It Means
Letter and word reversals, teaching printing
Mainstreaming
Mainstreaming definition. What does mainstreaming mean?
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.
Reach and Teach Students with ADHD - What You...
Teaching students with ADHD, best practice for working with students with ADHD
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.
What's the Difference Between Figurative and...
Figurative language. Figures of speech. Figurative language lesson for students.
Printable Worksheets for the Alphabet
Alphabet worksheets. Printing worksheets. Handwriting.
Free Printable Counting Templates to Teach One...
Understanding one to one correspondence often means lots of practice with tangible items, which these counting templates provide.
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.
Tools for Applied Behavior Analysis
Resources, including definitions, are gathered together to make them easily accessible to teachers. From definitions of ABA, reinforcement, discrete trial training to forms for collecting data are gathered together in one spot. There are free printable forms for gathering data for frequency, duration and trial by trial record keeping.
20 Letter Blends in Spelling and Sounds
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.
Extinction -- Eliminating Problem Behaviors
Extinction is the word used by Behaviorists and applied behavior analysis for eliminating behaviors, specifically problem behaviors.
Accommodations for Students with Special Needs
Modifications for students with special needs. How to modify a classroom lesson. Teacher tips for classroom accommodations.
The Attention Seeking Child
Attention seeking behaviors and interventions. Intervening with the attention seeking student.
Checklists for Children with Learning...
Characteristics of learning disabilities, learning disabilities checklists
How Behavior Self Monitoring Can Hold Students...
Special education students succeed with behavior management tools that make them accountable for their own behavior.
Easy Halloween Dot-to-Dots for Counting and...
Dot-to-Dots help students practice counting and helps them understand cardinality. These easy Halloween Dot-to-Dots provide that sort of practice to emerging mathematicians as well as students who need lots of practice to retain new information.
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.
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.
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.
Tips For Working with Students in Wheelchairs
Students with wheelchairs. Helping a student in a wheelchair.
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.
Text Features in Non-Fiction
Text features help students understand non fiction informational texts.
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.
Developmental Reading -- Teaching Reading...
A definition of developmental reading that explains its use in secondary education programs
The Function of Behavior
Establishing the function of behavior in an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or education program.
Text Mapping as a Strategy
Text mapping is a strategy to help students understand the format of text, while at the same time getting information and understanding the author's intent.
Dolch Flash Cards for Assessment, Teaching and...
Dolch Flash Cards for assessment, teaching and activities for
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.
Cartoon Strips to Teach "I Statements"
Students with disabilities often have difficulty managing anger. One strategy that is effective is to
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.
A Free Printable Worksheet for Back to School...
Back to School Worksheets. Special Education.
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment,...
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards By Marvin Marshall, Ed.D.
Should Your Child Be In an Inclusive Classroom?
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?
Specially Designed Instruction
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Does Bloom’s Taxonomy Improve Higher-Leve...
Questioning techniques. How to ask better questions. Bloom's Taxonomy.
Multiple Disabilities
Children with multiple disabilities. Supporting IEPs of students who are multiply disabled.
Editing Worksheets
Grammar worksheets to learn to edit. Daily edit worksheets. Page 2.
Back To School Icebreakers, Worksheets, Resources
Back to school icebreakers, worksheets, printables and resources.
How to Help and Support Impulsive Students
Working with the impulsive child. Supporting students who are impulsive.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Characteristics
Autism Spectrum Disorders have characteristics that fall in three areas: sensory input and processing, using language and symbols, and social skills deficits.
Language Processing Delays - Auditory Processing
Understanding language processing delays. What is language processing?
Dyslexia Definition Symptoms
Dyslexia symptoms and definition, reading disability
Helping the Child with Auditory Deficits -...
Teaching students to follow directions. Auditory processing and following directions strategies. Teacher checklist for inclusion.
A Color Classroom Behavior Chart Using...
A behavior management tool that supports students across abilities.
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.
How to Integrate Gifted Students Into a Regular...
Gifted students in the regular classroom. The inclusional model for gifted students.
Writing Checklist to Determine Learning...
Writing Skills Checklist to determine learning disabilities, learning disability checklist
Visual Templates for Structured Practice of...
Students who have difficulty understanding addition need structured practice with counters. The templates provided in this article will help your students practice in just such a way.
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.
Shaping -- A Teaching Technique Which Moves...
Shaping is a teaching technique developed by behaviorists in which successive approximations are accepted.
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