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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.
Tact and Tacting -- Verbal Behavior that...
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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 worksheets. How to set goals.
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.
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.
What Are Dolch Word Lists?
Dolch sight words and wordwall flashcards. Use these most frequently used words to help children improve vocabulary.
A Free Printable Worksheet for Back to School...
Back to school worksheets. Special Education.
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.
These 10 Worksheets Explain the Difference...
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl
Free Printable Resources for Back to School
Back to school icebreakers, worksheets, printables and resources.
What Is Mild Intellectual Disability?
Mild mental retardation, MID mild intellectual development.
What's the Purpose of a Special Education...
What is the special education resource room? Getting special education support in the resource room.
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.
Developmental Reading -- Teaching Reading...
A definition of developmental reading that explains its use in secondary education programs
The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.
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.
Use These Resources to Improve Classroom Behavior
Free printables for behavior contracts and behavior monitoring tools.
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.
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.
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 to Create a Successful Inclusive Classroom
The inclusive or inclusional classroom. Creating a learning environment. Teaching strategies that work.
3 Think Sheets for Students Who Break the Rules
A Think Sheet that helps students evaluate the problem rather than focus on the punishment.
Use This 'Get to Know Me' Worksheet as a Fun...
Back to school worksheets and 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.
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.
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.
Self Contained Classrooms
Self contained classrooms are the most restrictive settings found in public schools.
Dolch Flash Cards for Assessment, Teaching and...
Dolch Flash Cards for assessment, teaching and activities for
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.
Behavioral Triage
An article to help you decide appropriate behavior interventions.
A Getting to Know You Bulletin Board for Back...
Bulletin boards are more than just wall decorations, but provide support for instruction, support for
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.
28 Suggested Accommodations for Students with...
Accommodations for students with special needs. A list of special education accommodations.
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.
How to Write Goals for a Child's Individualized...
How to write IEP Goals. Writing IEP goals.
How to Help a Student Perform and Behave at...
A comprehensive classroom management system creates a structured environment that supports students' best 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.
12 Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency Words
Free printable Dolch High Frequency word cloze activities with pre-primer 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.
IEP Review to Help You Get Ready for a New...
A review of important components of incoming or returning students' IEPs will help you better prepare for instruction, grouping, scheduling and other challenges in the new school year.
What Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan described briefly
How to Improve a Student's Self-Esteem
The importance of self esteem for learners, teaching self esteem improvement. How to improve self esteem.
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
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.
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.
Negative Reinforcement Defined Against Punishment
Negative Reinforcement is the removal of an annoying or adversive stimulus in order to increase a desired behavior: i.e. turning off an alarm when students are sitting quietly.
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.
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.
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.
Worksheets to Help Students Recognize Every...
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
How to Create an Effective Special Education...
Effective strategies using a multi modal approach for special education students and their classroom.
How to Effectively Solve Problems in 7 Steps
Effective problem solving strategies.
Why Instruction and Assessment Methods Should...
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.
Use This Lesson Plan on Friendship for Students...
This lesson plan launches a unit on friendship with reading from Friendship According to Humphrey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Activities That Build Social Skills
Teaching the social skills, social skills lesson ideas.
Sight Vocabulary for Word Recognition
Dolch high frequency words are important sight words for learning word recognition.
9 Tips for Handling Bad Behavior in Class
Handling difficult behaviors. Behavior management.
Bulletin Boards
Bulletin boards can be an important part of a lively instruction environment.
6 Types of Reading Miscues and How to Analyze...
Miscue Analysis. How to teach reading. How to do a running record.
How to Write an Individual Education Program
Writing the Individual Education Plan IEP. Everything you need to know about writing the IEP.
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.
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
Writing Lesson Plans in the Self Contained...
The challenges of planning for special education students and meeting all stakeholders needs include aligning your objectives to both IEP goals and
IEP Preparation for the New School Year that...
Preparation of IEP's before the school year begins helps you start off strong, meeting student's specific educational needs as spelled out by the IEP.
Topography of Behavior
Topography is the term for what a behavior looks like.
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Deafness and hard of hearing disabilities
10 Questions to Consider Before Becoming a...
The role of a special education teacher. Should I become a special education teacher.
Assessment for Special Education –...
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.
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.
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.
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia, while it shares some similarities with dyslexia, is a separate learning disability which causes problems putting thoughts on paper.
Use This List of Common Words with Consonant...
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends. Spelling digraphs.
Physically Handicapped Students
Physically handicapped students in the inclusional classroom. Helping physically disabled students.
Positive Reinforcement - Supporting Positive...
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.
Characteristics of Learning Disabilities
Memory deficits exhibited in a learning disability.
12 Intervention Methods for Chronic Lying in...
Why children lie. Help for the child who lies. The chronic liar. Disciplining a child that lies.
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.
44 Sounds in Spelling: The Dipthongs
How to teach spelling. 44 sounds in spelling, Dipthong words.
Behavior Contracts – A Weekly Level...
A behavior management system that rewards excellent behavior.
Extinction -- Eliminating Problem Behaviors
Extinction is the word used by Behaviorists and applied behavior analysis for eliminating behaviors, specifically problem behaviors.
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.
Cartoon Strips to Teach "I Statements"
Students with disabilities have a lot of trouble managing their feelings, especially "bad" feelings that
Differentiation in Special Education:...
Learn strategies for using differentiation in the special ed classroom for students with and without disabilities in an inclusive classroom.
Try These Cloze Activities for Dolch High...
Free printable cloze activities for Dolch Primer High Frequency Words.
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.
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
Learning About Baseball Fan-dom - A Social...
A lesson plan to explore what it means to be a fan.
Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED) Classrooms
Best practices for dealing with students with emotional disturbances includes lots of structure and reinforcement.
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.
A Color Classroom Behavior Chart Using...
A behavior management tool that supports students across abilities.
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.
General Education -- The Education Everyone...
General education is the term used to describe the program of education that typically developing children receive.
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.
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.
Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities for...
Free printable cloze worksheets for the second grade Dolch high frequency words.
Effective Use of Word Walls and Word Cards
How to teach reading. Use word walls and word cards for a balanced reading program.
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.
Cartoon Strip Social Interactions
Cartoon strip social interactions are cartoon strips that visually support students as they learn to interact in socially appropriate ways.
Consequences, Not Punishment
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.
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.
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.
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.
What's the Difference Between Assessment,...
Assessment and Evaluation and report card grades.
Mainstreaming
Mainstreaming definition. What does mainstreaming mean?
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.
4 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.
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 Create A Non-Threatening, Welcome...
A checklist to determine if you have a welcome, non-threatening classroom enviroment. Classroom learning at its best.
Use These Behavior Self-Monitoring Worksheets...
Behavior Self Monitoring Checklists, Behavior Worksheets
Accommodations, Modifications & Interventions
Special education classroom strategies including accommodations, interventions and modifications. Best practice. Accommodations, interventions and modifications for the inclusional classroom.
Printable Worksheets for the Alphabet
Alphabet worksheets. Printing worksheets. Handwriting.
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.
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.
The Function of Behavior
Establishing the function of behavior in an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or education program.
IEP - Individual Education Program
IEP Individual Education Plan or Program
Teaching the Life Skills
Life skills training for students with disabilities. What are the life skills?
Curriculum Based Assessment -- Assessment for...
Curriculum based assessment (CBA) evaluates goals that come directly from the curriculum that a child is mastering.
The Characteristics of a Superior Special...
This article discusses the qualities that characterize a superior special education teacher.
20 Letter Blends in Spelling and Sounds
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.
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.
FBA - Functional Behavioral Analysis
A brief description of an FBA, or Functional Behavioral Analysis as used to create a BIP
Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers are great tools for students with learning disabilities and those requiring visuals for conceptual understanding. Worksheets and printables.
Tips For Working with Students in Wheelchairs
Students with wheelchairs. Helping a student in a wheelchair.
ABA -- Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis is a behavioral approach to understanding and changing behaviors, including verbal and academic behavior
Using Context Clues to Improve Reading...
Students with dyslexia frequently rely on context clues to help with reading comprehension. Using context clues can be taught in a way that will strengthen students' reading comprehension skills.
Reach and Teach Students with ADHD - What You...
Teaching students with ADHD, best practice for working with students with ADHD
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.
Life Skills - Functional Skills that Support...
Life skills are skills that children with disabilities need in order to live independently as adults.
Teaching Life Skills
Life Skills Support in the Classroom
Fairy Tales Build Literacy in Students with...
Fairy Tales provide a foundation for understanding the genre of folk tales and will help students engage in literary and comprehension activities.
Should Your Child Be In an Inclusive Classroom?
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?
IDEA - What You Need To Know
IDEA and 9 things you should know. All about IDEA and special education.
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.
What To Do When You Disagree
Resolving conflict and disagreements between teachers and or administrators and parents.
How to Integrate Gifted Students Into a Regular...
Gifted students in the regular classroom. The inclusional model for gifted students.
Editing Worksheets
Learn how to edit with these daily edit worksheets. Grammar worksheets.
Seating Plans Create an Environment for Learning
Planning seating creates an important part of the teaching environment and can shape the way students learn. Choosing the best format can create the kind of learning experience the teacher wants.
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.
Dyslexia Definition Symptoms
Dyslexia symptoms and definition, reading disability
Understand Inappropriate Behavior
Understanding behavior and changing it. Dealing with bad behaviors.
A great teacher controls the classroom
Here's a checklist to make sure you aren't forgetting anything as you manage your Proactive Classroom.

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