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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.
Behavioral Triage
An article to help you decide appropriate behavior interventions.
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.
5 Sets of Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency...
Dolch High Frequency Word cloze activities across all grade levels.
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 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.
9 Tips for Handling Bad Behavior in Class
Handling difficult behaviors. Behavior management.
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.
What Is Mild Intellectual Disability?
Mild mental retardation, MID mild intellectual development.
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 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 Create an Effective Special Education...
Effective strategies using a multi modal approach for special education students and their classroom.
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.
How to Effectively Solve Problems in 7 Steps
Effective problem solving strategies.
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.
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 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.
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 a Successful Inclusive Classroom
The inclusive or inclusional classroom. Creating a learning environment. Teaching strategies that work.
Why Instruction and Assessment Methods Should...
Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment.
What Are Dolch Word Lists?
Dolch sight words and wordwall flashcards. Use these most frequently used words to help children improve vocabulary.
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
How to Help a Student Perform and Behave at...
A comprehensive classroom management system creates a structured environment that supports students' best behavior.
10 Questions to Consider Before Becoming a...
The role of a special education teacher. Should I become a special education teacher.
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.
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.
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.
Developmental Reading -- Teaching Reading...
A definition of developmental reading that explains its use in secondary education programs
How to Integrate Gifted Students Into a Regular...
Gifted students in the regular classroom. The inclusional model for gifted students.
3 Worksheets to Help Your Students Set Goals
Goal setting worksheets. How to set goals.
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.
The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Spelling
How to teach spelling. The do's and don'ts of spelling. Spelling lists.
How to Write Goals for a Child's Individualized...
How to write IEP Goals. Writing IEP goals.
How to Write an Individual Education Program
Writing the Individual Education Plan IEP. Everything you need to know about writing the IEP.
Back To School Icebreakers, Worksheets, Resources
Back to school icebreakers, worksheets, printables and resources.
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.
6 Types of Reading Miscues and How to Analyze...
Miscue Analysis. How to teach reading. How to do a running record.
Assessment for Special Education –...
Assessment for Special Education is foundational for the success of identification, placement and programming for children with special needs.
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.
28 Suggested Accommodations for Students with...
Accommodations for students with special needs. A list of special education accommodations.
Self Contained Classrooms
Self contained classrooms are the most restrictive settings found in public schools.
What Is a Behavior Intervention Plan?
A BIP or Behavior Intervention Plan described briefly
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.
Positive Reinforcement - Supporting Positive...
Reinforcement in a special education classroom increases the amount of appropriate behavior, both socially and academically.
How to Integrate the Special Needs Student into...
Physical education for special needs students. How to integrate special needs students into physical education class.
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.
3 Think Sheets for Students Who Break the Rules
A Think Sheet that helps students evaluate the problem rather than focus on the punishment.
These 10 Worksheets Explain the Difference...
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl
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.
12 Intervention Methods for Chronic Lying in...
Why children lie. Help for the child who lies. The chronic liar. Disciplining a child that lies.
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 This List of Common Words with Consonant...
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends. Spelling digraphs.
Accommodations for Students with Special Needs
Modifications for students with special needs. How to modify a classroom lesson. Teacher tips for classroom accommodations.
How to Determine a Child's Reading Readiness
Reading Checkslists and reading readiness. Reading Benchmarks.
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.
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.
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.
12 Worksheets for Dolch High Frequency Words
Free printable Dolch High Frequency word cloze activities with pre-primer words.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IEP - Individual Education Program
IEP Individual Education Plan or Program
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment,...
How to Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards By Marvin Marshall, Ed.D.
Worksheets to Help Students Recognize Every...
Letter recognition worksheets to help emerging readers learn how to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
Consequences, Not Punishment
Consequences can be used to teach appropriate classroom and academic behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extinction -- Eliminating Problem Behaviors
Extinction is the word used by Behaviorists and applied behavior analysis for eliminating behaviors, specifically problem behaviors.
What To Do When You Disagree
Resolving conflict and disagreements between teachers and or administrators and parents.
The Characteristics of a Superior Special...
This article discusses the qualities that characterize a superior special education teacher.
Should Your Child Be In an Inclusive Classroom?
Best practices for inclusion in special education. What is inclusion?
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.
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.
Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Dysgraphia, while it shares some similarities with dyslexia, is a separate learning disability which causes problems putting thoughts on paper.
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.
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
A Color Classroom Behavior Chart Using...
A behavior management tool that supports students across abilities.
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
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.
A Free Printable Worksheet for Back to School...
Back to school worksheets. Special Education.
Bulletin Boards
Bulletin boards can be an important part of a lively instruction environment.
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.
What's the Difference Between Figurative and...
Figurative language. Figures of speech. Figurative language lesson for students.
Multiple Disabilities
Children with multiple disabilities. Supporting IEPs of students who are multiply disabled.
Activities to Practice Decoding Skills for...
Learning reading decoding skills can help improve reading fluency and reading comprehension in children with dyslexia. Tips, suggestions and activities to help teachers teach students skills in recognizing sounds and sound blends, using context to understand word meaning and understanding the role of each word in the sentence.
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.
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 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's the Difference Between Assessment,...
Assessment and Evaluation and report card grades.
Mainstreaming
Mainstreaming definition. What does mainstreaming mean?
20 Letter Blends in Spelling and Sounds
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.
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.
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.
Sight Vocabulary for Word Recognition
Dolch high frequency words are important sight words for learning word recognition.
How Behavior Self Monitoring Can Hold Students...
Special education students succeed with behavior management tools that make them accountable for their own behavior.
Study These R-Controlled Vowel Words
R controlled vowel worksheets. R controlled vowel word wall words. Word study for r controlled vowels
Does Bloom’s Taxonomy Improve Higher-Leve...
Questioning techniques. How to ask better questions. Bloom's Taxonomy.
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.
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.
ABA -- Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis is a behavioral approach to understanding and changing behaviors, including verbal and academic behavior
The Pro-Active Model - Classroom Management
Classroom Management. The proactive model in the inclusional classroom.
Effective Behavior Management
Handle all behaviors. Dealing effectively with inappropopriate behaviors. Behavior modification.
FBA - Functional Behavioral Analysis
A brief description of an FBA, or Functional Behavioral Analysis as used to create a BIP
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.
Behavior Modification
Developmental Disabled behavior objectives, plans and strategies.
Behavior Contracts – A Weekly Level...
A behavior management system that rewards excellent behavior.
20 Reading Comprehension Activities to Try Today
Reading comphrension lessons and strategies. Free lesson plans for reading comprehension.
Building a Social Skills Curriculum
Building a Social Skills Curriculum requires a blend of emotional literacy, social communication skills, modeling appropriate social interactions and practice.
Cartoon Strips to Teach "I Statements"
Students with disabilities have a lot of trouble managing their feelings, especially "bad" feelings that
Think Tac Toe -- a Strategy for Differentiation
A Think Tac Toe offers students multiple ways to expand their knowledge, show their mastery of a topic or provide evidence of their mastery following a
Curriculum Based Assessment -- Assessment for...
Curriculum based assessment (CBA) evaluates goals that come directly from the curriculum that a child is mastering.
A Marble Jar Can Be a Powerful Tool for...
The marble jar can be the key to a successful Positive Behavior Support plan in a classroom.
Assessing Students with Learning Disabilities
Assessment strategies for learning disabled students. Classroom assessment.
Intervention Strategies for Students at Risk
Intervention for students at risk
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.
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.
Back to School
Learn some ways to have a successful beginning to your school year. Learn how to organize your classroom, your students, establish routines and rules and use a token system to reinforce the kinds of behaviors you want your students to learn.
Help for Language Deficits - Receptive
Strategies to support language deficits - receptive. Special education support for comprehension and language difficulties.
Use This 'Get to Know Me' Worksheet as a Fun...
Back to school worksheets and printables.
Classroom Routines: A Must!
Have you ever wondered why some teachers seem to be able to handle behavior situations better than others? Become one of those teachers!
Cartoon Strip Interactions - Making Requests
Comic Strip Interactions help students learn to make social exchanges.
Characteristics of Learning Disabilities
Memory deficits exhibited in a learning disability.
Shaping -- A Teaching Technique Which Moves...
Shaping is a teaching technique developed by behaviorists in which successive approximations are accepted.
Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers are great tools for students with learning disabilities and those requiring visuals for conceptual understanding. Worksheets and printables.
HOTS Higher Order Thinking Skills
HOTS Higher Order Thinking Skills
The Function of Behavior
Establishing the function of behavior in an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy or education program.
Individual Achievement Tests for Special...
Individual Achievement Tests provide important information for present levels on the IEP, for diagnosis and progress monitoring.
How To Brainstorm in the Classroom
Brainstorming in the classroom. How to have an effective brainstorm.
Data Collection — the Underpinning of...
Data collection is a regular, weekly part of collecting information to assess the success of special education students on their IEP goals.
Use These Behavior Self-Monitoring Worksheets...
Behavior Self Monitoring Checklists, Behavior Worksheets
Teaching Life Skills
Life Skills Support in the Classroom
44 Sounds in Spelling: The Dipthongs
How to teach spelling. 44 sounds in spelling, Dipthong words.
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.
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.
Word Families and Rhyming Words
Teaching spelling using rhyming words and word families for e. Word family printables for the vowel 'e'.
Reading Readiness Skills
Reading Readiness. How to know when a child is ready to read.
Tips For Working with Students in Wheelchairs
Students with wheelchairs. Helping a student in a wheelchair.
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.
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