Special Education Sitemap - Page 3 2016-09-26

IEP Writing -- Putting Together an Individual Education Plan
The IEP is the heart of special education programming, and this will familiarize you with the steps required to complete an Individual Education Plan.

Differentiation in Special Education Classrooms
Learn strategies for using differentiation in the special ed classroom for students with and without disabilities in an inclusive classroom.

Lively Letters - a Phonemic Awareness Program
This review explores Lively Letters a phonemic awareness program from Telian-Cas Learning Center, and includes language production to teach hearing and creating letter sounds.

How to Brainstorm in the Classroom
Brainstorming in the classroom. How to have an effective brainstorm.

Extinction -- Eliminating Undesirable Behavior
Extinction is the word used by Behaviorists and applied behavior analysis for eliminating behaviors, specifically problem behaviors.

Students with Multiple Disabilities or Handicaps
Children with multiple disabilities. Supporting IEPs of students who are multiply disabled.

Dyslexia and Multisensory Strategies
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.

Activities to Support Reading Comphrension
Reading comphrension lessons and strategies. Free lesson plans for reading comprehension.

How to Support Physically Handicapped Students
Physically handicapped students in the inclusional classroom. Helping physically disabled students.

Questioning Techniques, Asking Better Questions
Questioning techniques. How to ask better questions. Bloom's Taxonomy.

Special Education Assessment, Evaluation & Final Marks
Assessment and Evaluation and report card grades.

Christmas Worksheets and Christmas printables
Christmas Worksheets. A great brainstorm activity for Christmas.

Arrays to Teach Multiplication and Division to Students with Disabilities
Arrays, a visual representation of multiplication and division, can help you teach these operations to students with disabilities.

Mystery Motivator - a Class Motivation System with Fun for All
A motivational system that rewards appropriate behavior and also names inappropriate or undesirable behavior, but provides some chance.

Tying Shoes
I find a couple of things puzzling as a special educators. If children with disabilities can't tie their shoes, why do their parents send them to school

Classroom Aides - Dreams and Nightmares
Since I work in a self contained (primary autism) program, I work in a setting where non-certified personnel (called aides in my setting) are critical. This

Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder Real?
Special Education.

Shame on You, 60 Minutes
Special Education.

Male Call
Special Education.

The Council on Exceptional Children Wants You
I got an email from the Council on Exceptional Children (CEC) offering a special on membership: 20% off and the ability to pay over three monthly

Teach Like a Champion - Technique 42
Doug Lemov, in writing about Technique 42 from his book, Teach Like a Champion, noted that he often found that the times he lost his temper with students were

Teach Like a Champion - Technique 46
We near the end of Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov as we consider Technique 46- just three to go! This last chapter focuses on

Push or Pull, Does Structure Make a Difference?
I hope you've checked out the Uncommon Schools Facebook page if you've found the

Teach Like a Champion - Technique 37
Technique 37 of Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov may seem redundant, but that may just be the point. It is this: Technique 37: What to do. We

Teach Like a Champion – Technique 38 Part One
This is one of the most important techniques, in my opinion, in Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. Check out the videos that Alex Salinsky from Uncommon

Got Burn-Out?
When Brad Cook, a second year doctoral student in special education, contacted me several weeks ago, I was taken by his research and his topic: special

Teach Like a Champion -- Technique 12
It's time again for our weekly dose of Teach Like Champion by Doug Lemov. This week's technique continues on structuring and delivering your material.

Teach Like a Champion -- Technique Number One
It's here!! I picked up my copy of How To Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov. I blogged on March 7th

Teach Like a Champion -- Technique Two
Once again, we visit Doug Lemov's book Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College. This technique is more specific to

To Teach Handwriting or Not Teach Handwriting
I heard from my old friend Jackie and her sixth grade son Jake, who have a gift for giving me topics to blog on. (See You Are Your Best Motivator.) Jake is

So, Who Invented Middle School?
I'm quickly learning that one of my biggest challenges will be the social land mines my guys keep walking into. I have one straightened out with his gym

Teach Like a Champion -- Create Classroom Culture
I've been blogging on Doug Lemov's Teach Like a Champion, writing about a technique each week. We're up to 27, and so far the emphasis has been on

Teach Like a Champion -- Technique 6
Once again, I'm sharing the techniques from Doug Lemov's book, Teach Like a Champion. With technique 6 we start the first of the

Teach Like a Champion -- Technique 7
I'm back with Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. This week it's technique 7: the 4M's. 4 M's: Teaching objectives need to be: Manageable

Teach Like a Champion - Technique 30`
We continue with techniques from Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov that create a classroom culture that maximizes learning. This is one that can have

Array - A Pictorial Means of Displaying Multiplication and Division
An array is a good means of helping students with disabilities understand multiplication and division.

IEP Goals for Intermediate Math
Third grade Common Core State Standards provide the platform on which these IEP goals are written around multiplication, division, fractions and measurement.

Matching Programs
Matching programs help students discriminate between items and find the item or picture that is the same.

Back to School Checklist
A complete list of the steps to a successful beginning of the year.

Teaching Students with Dyslexia: Back to School Resources
It’s almost back-to-school time and whether you are a new teacher or have been teaching for years, there is a good chance this year you will have a student with dyslexia in your classroom. Here we provide you with a range of resources to help your students with dyslexia succeed this year, as well.

Functional Skills
Functional skills are skills that are needed to live independently, and include academic skills that can be applied to life.

Imitation Programs - an ABA Program to Teach a Foundational Skill
Teaching imitation is a foundation for other academic and functional skills.

Anecdote – Anecdotal Evidence
An anecdote is a personal narrative that describes something the teller has witnessed. It can sometimes be a challenge to interpret what is often subjective information.

Avoiding Prompt Dependency
Prompt dependency happens when a child will only perform when prompted. Avoiding prompt dependency supports student success and independence.

Latency, the Measure of the Time Until a Behavior Begins
Latency is a measure of the time lapse between the time a responsible adult gives a directive and the desired behavior begins.

Visual Schedules to Support Successful Classroom Management
Visual schedules are a great way to support students who are anxious about transitions, smooth out transitions and help students understand time and sequence in your classroom.

Self-Contained Classrooms -- Building a Program
Starting a new year in a self contained classroom requires planning: planning for the environment, for structures and instruction.

Highlighter for Time Telling
A strategy that helps students tell time.

Review - The Dyscalculia Assessment
The Dyscalculia Assessment provides an assessment, an overview of the component skills for math, and lots of strategies for remediating Dyscalculia.

Do 2 Learn Website - Resources for Special Educators
Do 2 Learn is a website with a mix of games and activities to support special education programs.

Smart Board Fun - Academic Games
Smart Boards are fun tools for children with disabilities, working like giant touch screens.

Classroom Management Resources
A list that lays out classroom management tools for classroom success.

Counting on as a Strategy for Addition


Websites for Special Education - A Few of My Favorite Things
A list with explanations for websites which provide helpful resources to teachers.

Reinforcement in Applied Behavior Analysis
Reinforcement, in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has a specific definition, and creates the circumstances that lead to successful behavior improvement and skills acquisition.

Success as a Substitute Teacher
substitute teaching classroom management special education

Behavior Goals for Individual Education Plans
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.

Hand Over Hand Prompting
Hand over hand is a prompting procedure used to teach many functional and life skills to children with disabilities.

Physical Prompt -- a Touch That Teachers
A physical prompt involves the teacher or aide providing support touches and physically assists a student completing a task.

Back to School -- Planning to Communicate with Parents
Planning how to communicate with parents can avoid problems later in your school year.

Love Letters to Parents
Love letters, which describe the successes as well as positives about your students will keep parents on your side.

Phonemic Awareness - Foundational Skill for Reading
Phonemic awareness is the ability to distinguish word sounds and precedes using phonics to decode words.

String the Pasta
Use bright yarn to string your yarn.

Dyeing Pasta For Stringing
Dyeing the pasta with food coloring

Assistive Technology for Word Processing
Assistive technology to support writing includes special software as well as inexpensive word processors.

Creating a Fun Circus Project with Coloring and Cutting
Face, wig and hat choices make this fun project a challenge for young students.

Choose a Clown Face
Students choose one of the two clown faces.

Choose a Clown Wig
There are two wigs for your students to choose in order to color and cut.

Choose a Clown Hat, Color it and Put It All Together
Face, wig and hat choices make this fun project a challenge for young students.

A Collar Made from Tissue for a Clown Parade
The materials needed for the clown collar

Accordion Folding the Tissue
Accordion folding is the first step in creating this tissue clown collar.

Glue Down the Paper and Fold in Half
Use the glue gun to glue the tissue paper on the ribbon.

Letter Recognition for Early Intervention
Letter recognition is a foundational skill for reading, but needs to be introduced to children with disabilities in a very structured way.

Students With Dyslexia - How to Build Writing Skills
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.

Asperger's Syndrome in the General Education Classroom
Students with Asperger's Syndrome often end up being included in general education classrooms, and teachers who have them in their classes often struggle with their quirky challenges. This resource addresses some of their challenges.

The National Standards Report from the National Autism Center
The National Autism Center has created a resource to help parents, educators and other professionals evaluate the effectiveness of different treatments and educational strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders.

An Indian Boy Dot to Dot to Practice Skip Counting
A skip counting dot to dot with 5's and 10's of an Indian Boy for Thanksgiving.

A Pilgrim Girl Dot to Dot for Skip Counting
A dot to dot to support skip counting with 5's and 10's of a pilgrim girl.

An Easy Free Printable Snowman Dot to Dot for Christmas
An Easy Free Printable Snowman Dot to Dot for Christmas.

A Free Printable Dot to Dot of a Christmas Elf
A free printable dot to dot of a Christmas elf counting by ones and skip counting by tens.

An Easy Christmas Stocking Dot to Dot
An easy dot to dot of a Christmas stocking for counting to ten and skip counting by 10 to 100.

An Easy Christmas Tree Dot to Dot to Twenty
A free printable dot to dot for Christmas of a Christmas tree, counting by ones to twenty.

Easy Counting Easter Chicks
An easy dot to dot that counts to ten and to thirteen for Easter.

An Easter Basket for Skip Counting
An Easter Basket dot to dot for counting to twenty and skip counting to

A Skip Counting Easter Chick Dot to Dot
An Easter Dot to Dot of a hatching chick.

A Tulip Skip Counting Dot to Dot for Easter
A tulip dot to dot for Easter. Special Education.

Stamp Sea Shells on the Beach
Stamps on blue construction paper is the start of this project.

Add Sand with Spray Mount
Add sand by spraying the paper with spay mount/adhesive.

A Colored Wrist Band for "Time In" for Reinforcement
A wrist band is one way to have a

Keep a Log for Your Whole Caseload
A log creates documentation for parent communication

Documenting Communication with the Parents of Challenging Students
A form to record communications with the parents of individual students who present special challenges.

A Problem Solving Think Sheet for Students
A Think Sheet that helps students evaluate the problem rather than focus on the punishment.

Christmas Writing Themes
Free printable writing sheets for Christmas on popular themes.

Dolch Flash Cards for Assessment, Teaching and Activities
Dolch Flash Cards for assessment, teaching and activities for

A Think Sheet for General Problems
A Think Sheet for General Classroom Behavior Problems.

A Think Sheet for Broken Rules
A think sheet that focuses on broken classroom or school rules.

A St. Patrick's Day Edit About St. Patrick
A St. Patrick's Day Editing Activity about St. Patrick.

A St. Patrick's Day Edit About Leprechauns
A St. Patrick's Day Edit about Leprechauns and other St. Patrick's Day legends.

A Menu for Elementary School Aged Children
A menu of reinforcement choices helps you find out what is important enough to your class to employ to improve behavior or classroom performance.

A Menu for Secondary Students
A menu to help your students choose their preferred reinforcements.

Structured Writing Activities for Christmas
Free printable structured writing outlines and graphic organizers for Christmas

Build the Vocabulary of Emotional Literacy
Social narrative books you write with your students help teach emotional literacy.

Practice Faces and Write Your Script
Once you have modeled and discussed the emotion of focus, take pictures and write your text together.

Publish and Share Your Classroom Book
Your book is meant for your students to read and reread. Publish it in a format that will bear up to wear and tear.

A Santa Claus Printable for Christmas
A Santa Claus cutting activity that includes coloring, cutting and mounting on construction paper.

A Christmas Tree Coloring and Cutting Project
A free printable dot marker and cutting project for early intervention, primary and self contained classrooms

A Christmas Wreath Coloring and Cutting Project
A free printable activity for Christmas with a wreath

Cartoon Strip to Initiate Interaction with Peers
A lesson plan and free printable worksheet demonstrating how to use comic strip interactions to teach, model and rehearse initiations with groups.

Cartoon Strip to Initiate Interaction with a Group of the Opposite Sex
A cartoon strip interaction to teach students to initiate conversations with the opposite sex.

Creating a Positive Reinforcement Program for Students with Dyslexia
Rewards can be as simple as a sticker placed on a chart or tickets to “buy” a prize at the end of the week. Praise and recognition is also an effective motivator. Whether you use material rewards or offer praise, positive reinforcement programs increase the chances of your students repeating desired behaviors that will help them now and in the future.

Shared Reading to Support Reading Comprehension in Students with Dyslexia
Shared reading encourages a student’s enjoyment of reading while working on specific skills to increase vocabulary and understanding of summarizing text and main idea concepts.

Step One - Shared Reading for Students with Dyslexia
Shared reading encourages a student’s enjoyment of reading while working on specific skills to increase vocabulary and understanding of summarizing text and main idea concepts.

Step Two - Set a Purpose for Your Reading
Shared reading encourages a student’s enjoyment of reading while working on specific skills to increase vocabulary and understanding of summarizing text and main idea concepts.

Step Three - Take a "Picture Walk"
Shared reading encourages a student’s enjoyment of reading while working on specific skills to increase vocabulary and understanding of summarizing text and main idea concepts.

Step Four - Read the Book Together
Shared reading encourages a student’s enjoyment of reading while working on specific skills to increase vocabulary and understanding of summarizing text and main idea concepts.

Step Five - Revisit and Reteach
Shared reading encourages a student’s enjoyment of reading while working on specific skills to increase vocabulary and understanding of summarizing text and main idea concepts.

Creating a Positive Reinforcement Program for Students with Dyslexia
Rewards can be as simple as a sticker placed on a chart or tickets to “buy” a prize at the end of the week. Praise and recognition is also an effective motivator. Whether you use material rewards or offer praise, positive reinforcement programs increase the chances of your students repeating desired behaviors that will help them now and in the future.

Creating a Positive Reinforcement Program for Students with Dyslexia
Rewards can be as simple as a sticker placed on a chart or tickets to “buy” a prize at the end of the week. Praise and recognition is also an effective motivator. Whether you use material rewards or offer praise, positive reinforcement programs increase the chances of your students repeating desired behaviors that will help them now and in the future.

Creating a Positive Reinforcement Program for Students with Dyslexia
Rewards can be as simple as a sticker placed on a chart or tickets to “buy” a prize at the end of the week. Praise and recognition is also an effective motivator. Whether you use material rewards or offer praise, positive reinforcement programs increase the chances of your students repeating desired behaviors that will help them now and in the future.

Creating a Positive Reinforcement Program for Students with Dyslexia
Rewards can be as simple as a sticker placed on a chart or tickets to “buy” a prize at the end of the week. Praise and recognition is also an effective motivator. Whether you use material rewards or offer praise, positive reinforcement programs increase the chances of your students repeating desired behaviors that will help them now and in the future.

Worksheets for the Letter W
Worksheets for the letter W. Special Education.

Worksheets for the Letter V
Worksheets for the Letter V. Special Education.

Free Worksheet Activities for the Letter Z
Worksheet Activities for the Letter Z

Cut and Laminate a Number Line to Teach Negative and Natural Numbers
This number line, when paired with math activities, will help students understand negative numbers.

Free Worksheet Activities for the Letter B
Free activity worksheets for the letter B.

Alphabet Worksheets for the Letter C
Alphabet Worksheets to Teach the Letter C.

Print and Use Your Student's Work Schedule
Once you print your work schedule, be sure you continue to monitor how is supports your student's success.

Create a Table in Microsoft Word
Use Microsoft Word to create your work schedule.

Plan How Many Spaces You Need
The first step to instituting a sticker work chart is to decide how many tasks your students can complete.

Choose the Interval for Reinforcement
Once you have decided your reinforcement schedule and the number of choice a student will get, create a board to mount your choices.

Choose Pictures from a Picture Symbol Publisher
A choice chart is created by finding preferred activities, objects or rewards and creating visual symbols to represent them.

Finished Boards to Reinforce Productive Behavior
A finished board visually represents the choices a student will have when work is finished or the threshold of activities is met.

Free Alphabet Worksheet Activities for the Letter E
Free worksheets for the letter E.

Alphabet Activities for the Letter F.
Free alphabet worksheets for the letter F.

A Daily Journal Form which Provides "Fill in the Blank."
A worksheet daily journal page that accommodates students learning to write, but with poor spelling skills and memory.

A Daily Journal Worksheet That Only Requires Circling
A journal form that only requires word recognition is a modification that works for children with learning disabilities that include writing and fine motor skills.

Free Worksheet Activities for the Letter M
Free worksheets for the letter M.

Reinforcement in a Self-Contained Setting
Ideas for how to create the structure for delivering reinforcement in a self-contained program

Model - a Verb for a Basic Instructional Strategy
Modeling, in education, is a basic instructional strategy that is invaluable for initiating skill instruction.

Data Collection for Discrete Trials
A free printable data sheet for collecting data for discrete trials.

Data Driven Instruction in a Special Education Classroom
Using data to assess your instructional strategies is crucial for student success.

Bulletin Boards as a Part of a Learning Environment
Bulletin boards can be an important part of a lively instruction environment.

Formative Assessment -- Working Data for Successful Instruction
Formative assessments are usually informal assessments that teachers give to students to assess their progress and make instructional decisions about further instructional strategies.

Dealing With Difficult Parents for Special Ed Teachers
Dealing with difficult parents is often part of being a special education teacher. Dealing with them successfully may call on skills such as reflective listening, maintaining objectivity, documenting interactions, finding allies, being proactive and disengaging from difficult interactions.

Evaluation Report (ER) for Special Education
The Evaluation Report (ER) is written by the psychologist with the assistance of the special education teacher, and makes a recommendation for the placement of the child.

Teaching Dipthongs and the 44 Sounds in Spelling
How to teach spelling. 44 sounds in spelling, Dipthong words.

Word Families and Rhyming Words for "I": Printables
Teaching spelling and writing. Rhyming words and word families for i. Word family printables for the vowel 'i'.

Emotional Literacy - Relationship Education
Teaching emotional literacy helps students understand both their feelings and the feelings of others and will help them develop healthy relationships.

Single Subject Research Design
Single subject research is done to validate interventions and other educational strategies for students with disabilities, especially children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

DRI/DRA - Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible or Alternate Behaviors
DRI/DRA is a technique used to eliminate problem behaviors, and can be used in single subject research rather than baseline (removing an intervention) especially in cases that involve dangerous or self-injurious behavior.

Ablenet Equals - Math Curriculum for Differing Ability
Equals is a Special Education mathematics curriculum designed for a broad range of abilities and differences, from the severely to the mildly disabled.

Word Walls and Word Cards to Teach Reading
How to teach reading. Use word walls and word cards for a balanced reading program.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Talking About Dyslexia
It is never easy to have to tell parents their child is struggling in school. These steps can make it easier for you to let parents know you are seeing some signs of a learning disability and help you explain what you and they can do to help.

Improving Writing Skills in Students with Dyslexia
Tips for teachers for working with students with dyslexia and dysgraphia to help them develop better writing skills.

Word Families and Rhyming Words Worksheets
Rhyming words and word families for e. Word family printables for the vowel 'o'.

Dolch Pre-Primer Cloze Worksheets - Printables
Free printable Dolch High Frequency word cloze activities with pre-primer words.

Dolch High Frequency Word Cloze Activities (2nd Grade)
Free printable cloze worksheets for the second grade Dolch high frequency words.

Choosing a Target for Video Self-Modeling
A step by step guide to making your own videos for video self modeling. Self modeling videos have proven to be powerful tools for students with disabilities to learn complex sets of behavioral and social repertoires.

Plan Your Video with Storyboards
Planning your video with your student will insure

Create Your Video
Shooting and editing your movie can be done collaboratively with your student, though it would be helpful if you staff also knew how to operate your camera or tablet as well as edit the product.

Use Your Video to Teach the Skill
Viewing the video with the student before practicing the skill is the first step toward review and maintenance of the skill.

Inclusion: Tips on Working With General Ed Teachers
General education teachers are critical in today's environment focused on inclusion and Least Restrictive Environment. It means supporting the general ed classroom by modeling adaptations to assignments and tests. It means keeping in touch through emails. Explain BIPS (behavior improvement plans, IEPs and Specially Designed Instruction.

Dyslexia: Context Clues to Build Reading Comprehension
Tips, suggestions and activities to help teach students with dyslexia use context clues to improve reading comprehension.

Create Spelling Stations to Help Students with Dyslexia
A lesson plan which sets up several activity stations throughout the classroom to help students practice and improve spelling skills.

Tips for Working With Students With Severe Handicaps
Tips for working with students with severe handicaps in the classroom. Inclusional classroom to support severely handicapped students.

IEP Goals for Daily Living Skills: Hygiene
IEP Statements for Daily Living Skills: Hygiene and Toileting

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.

IEP Math Goals for Common Core State Standards
IEP goals aligned to the new Common Core State Goals, adopted by 42 states, for counting and cardinality.

Test Taking Challenges for Students with Dyslexia
Test taking is difficult for many students with dyslexia. They may not be able to finish in the allotted time or may know the answer but be unable to express it on paper. There are a number of ways teachers can help make students with dyslexia more successful when taking tests and exams.

Supporting High School Students With Dyslexia
High school students with dyslexia may need additional supports as the demands of content area classes increase. This article offers tips to general education teachers to make the classroom more in tune to the needs of older students with dyslexia

Preparing for the IEP Meeting
Getting ready for the IEP meeting. Being well prepared for the IEP Meeting.

Phonemic Awareness for Students With Dyslexia
Learn more about phonemic awareness, which is critical for the success of students with dyslexia and other language disabilities.

Intervention Tips for Students at Risk
Intervention for students at risk

How Do You Know When a Child Is Ready to Read?
Reading Readiness. How to know when a child is ready to read.

Ways to Support the Impulsive Child
Working with the impulsive child. Supporting students who are impulsive.

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.

Accommodations for Students With Special Needs
Modifications for students with special needs. How to modify a classroom lesson. Teacher tips for classroom accommodations.

Dyslexia and Reading Disability Symptoms and Definitions
Dyslexia symptoms and definition, reading disability

Multiple Intelligence: Putting It Into Practice
Multiple intelligence in the classroom. Teaching through the multiple intelligence theory.

Helpling With Organization Skills in LD Students
Organtization tips, helpling the learning disabled student with organization tips.

Lesson Plans and Worksheets - Special Education
This section provides lesson plans and unit plans for special education classes as well as inclusion classes, and lots of worksheets and graphic organizers to support the work of the special education teacher.

Special Education Jobs Without College Degrees
Jobs are available in Special Education that do not require a college degree, including therapeutic support staff and classroom aides.

Standardized Testing to Assess Districts or Populations
Standardized Achievement Tests are designed to test large populations and evaluate school or district wide educational programming.

Tips for Educators With Wheelchair-Bound Students
Students with wheelchairs. Helping a student in a wheelchair.

Math Operations - Special Education in Primary Grades
Teaching children with disabilities the math operations of addition and subtraction offer special challenges, especially since these foundational skills will shape how they gain other math skills.

Using Context Clues to Improve Reading Comprehension
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.

Blends in Spelling and Sounds - Special Education
Spelling lists and spelling patterns. 44 sounds in spelling, the spelling blends.

Self-Regulation -- the Ability to Manage Strong Feelings
Self-regulation is the ability to manage one's behavior despite strong feelings.

How to Remain Calm and Avoid Power Struggles
Power struggles. How to avoid power struggles. Dealing with power struggles

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Homonyms, homophones. Words and worksheets.
Homonyms words and worksheets. Homophone words and worksheets. Worksheets for esl

Making Inferences: Improving Reading Comprehension
Making inferences is drawing conclusions based on information that has been implied in communication, often difficult to impossible for children with disabilities, especially dyslexia.

Dyscalculia - a Math Disability
Dyscalculia is a range of disabilities that effect a persons ability to understand and use math.

Spring Flowers -- Art Projects and Activities
Art projects and activities that support student success, using Spring flowers.

An Easter Bunny for Counting to 120
A dot to dot of an Easter Bunny for counting from one to ten and from 82 to 120.

Two Bunnies for Counting to 111
A dot to dot of two bunnies for Counting to 111.

An Easter Butterfly for Counting to 121
An Easter Butterfly for Counting to 121

A Science Lesson Plan on Mammals for Differentiation
This lesson plan demonstrates how to differentiate a science lesson using collaboration, strong visual elements, and assessment methods built on strengths.

Capital Letters Worksheets
Capital Letters Worksheets. Special Education.

Free Language Worksheets - Capital Letters
Capital Letters Worksheets. How to use uppercase letters. Free language worksheets.

Capital Letters Worksheets
Capital Letters Worksheets. Special Education.

Capital Letters Worksheets
Capital Letters Worksheets. Special Education.

IEP Fraction Goals for Emerging Mathematicians
IEP goals aligned to the Common Core State Standards

Best Practices for Teaching Students With ADHD
Teaching students with ADHD, best practice for working with students with ADHD

Formal or Written Evaluations of Student Performance
Formal assessments, as opposed to informal assessment, is written and evaluated with a percentage or other formal method.

Let Students Sort Triangles, Rectangles, Ovals and Circles
Sorting plane figures helps primary students recognize and name those figures as they gain math skills in geometry.

The Haunted Ring -- A Printable Edit and Story Starter for Halloween
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.

The Witches Jamboree -- A Printable Edit and Story Starter for Halloween
This story edit and story starter for Halloween gives students opportunities to practice editing writing as well as gives and exciting start to a Halloween story.

Creating a Positive Reinforcement Program for Students with Dyslexia
Positive reinforcement programs increase the chances of your students repeating desired behaviors that will help them now and in the future.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury? - Definition
A teacher's guide to traumatic brain injury. It may affect cognitive, social, physical and psychological functioning depending on the amount of damage.

Special and General Educators Share in Co-Teaching
Collaboration is essential to success in a full inclusion classroom where a special educator and general educator will be co-teaching.

Fractions -- Teaching Foundational Understanding of Rational Numbers
Fractions need to be laid out concretely before students with disabilities will understand rational numbers.

Creating Fraction Prints to Practice Fractional Parts of a Whole
Free printables of halves, quarters, thirds and sixths to use to introduce fractional parts of a whole.

Prior Knowledge Improves Reading Comprehension
Using prior knowledge is an important strategy to help students with dyslexia improve their reading comprehension skills.

Managing Unpleasant Students
Using applied behavior analysis you can tame even the nastiest student attitudes.

Mild Intellectual Disability (MID) - Definition
MID, or Mild Intellectual Disability, shares many characteristics with Learning Disabilities, but is more profound. Criteria for MID varies.

Christmas Resources for Special Education
A list of articles that provide resources for special educators during the Christmas season.

Christmas Resources for Special Education
A list of articles that provide resources for special educators during the Christmas season.

Special Education Early Intervention -- Principal Development Tasks
Early intervention programs address the developmental needs of children with disabilities and children with developmental delays in order to remediate developmental skills they may have failed to acquire.

A Coffee Paper
Projects to help you create an underwater environment in your classroom.

Stuffed Fish
A fish you can stuff and hang as part of a classroom underwater environment. Page 2.

Tongue Depressors and Craft Sticks as Classroom Tools
Tongue depressors and craft sticks (Popsicle sticks) are great tools for managing the classroom, managing behavior and playing games.

2010 Council on Exceptional Children Convention, Nashville
Articles associated with the 2010 National Convention of the Council on Exceptional Children in Nashville, April 2010.

Special Education Jobs Around the United States -- Hot Prospects for 2010-2011
Recruiters are offering special education jobs around the county for teachers, therapists and psychologists around the country.

End of the School Year Resources
You will find resources here to help you wrap up your school year as a special education teacher.

Reading for Special Education
Reading is laid out in it's component parts to help a special educator identify a child's needs and remediate them with appropriate interventions and instruction.

A Circle for Counting to Build Understanding of One to One Correspondence
Counting using a variety of visual formats will broaden student's understanding of one to one correspondence.

Counting with Counters on a Numbered Ten Frame
A ten frame is a tool that can build both number sense, called subitizing, while also building one to one correspondence. Page 2.

Contingency - The Relationship Between Behavior and Reinforcement
Contingency is the relationship between behavior and reinforcement.

Pivotal Response Training
Pivotal Response Training is a naturalistic therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders designed to be taught to parents and typical peers.

"Improve Your Social Skill.com" - A Great Social Skills Resource for Young Adults with Social Deficits
A review of a social skills website designed for young adults.

The Autism Channel -- Streaming Resources for Families and Professionals
The Autism Channel is a source for streaming content geared toward the families and professionals who work with people on the autism spectrum.

Practice for Counting to One Hundred
Missing number hundreds charts help practice counting to one hundred.

A Christmas Coloring Puzzle of St. Nicholas
A coloring puzzle of St. Nicholas for Christmas. Page 2.

A Christmas Coloring Sleigh for Santa
A coloring sleigh for Christmas. Special Education. Page 3.

A Christmas Coloring Elf Puzzle
Christmas coloring puzzles that support fine motor skills.

Halloween Rumble - a Math Operations Game for Emerging Mathematicians
A Halloween board game to teach addition and subtraction operations.

Create the Flowers with Coffee Filters and Water Color Markers
An art project that you can make part of a

Spray the Coffee Paper
Spraying the water color marker will make the colors bleed and provide the

Folding and Rolling the Flowers
Folding and rolling the coffee paper is the final step toward completing the flowers. Page 3.

Finishing the Flower
Rolling the leaf edges creates a full flower. Page 4.

A Cutting Puzzle Easter Bunny
A tiled Easter bunny cutting puzzle.

A Vase Dot to Dot for Mother's Day
A free printable dot to dot of a vase for Mother's Day

Run the PDF's and Copy on Colored Paper
The free printable pdf's provide the foundation for this Mother's Day art project that requires following directions, cutting and sequencing the activities.

Create the Flowers with Hand Prints
Creating the flowers from hand prints in construction paper and the coupon stems. Page 2.

Assembling the Project
The final steps involves assembling the parts of the project. Page 3.

Assembling the Final Project
The finished project presents the coupons on the stems of the flowers in the base. Page 4.

A Fun Art Project for the Farm Unit
A cutting project of a duck with a free printable template

Cut and Color the Parts
After printing the free printable pdf's, your students can cut and assemble the parts.

Assembling the Finished Puppet
The final project is assembled from the parts with glue or a glue stick. Page 2.

A Walking Number Line Supports Numeration
A walking number line supports number sense in children with disabilities.

Spooky Jack-o-lanterns Teach Math
Spooky jack-o-lantern cut outs are used to model and teach word problem solving for addition and subtraction. Page 5.

A Dot to Dot of a Valentine Heart
A dot to dot for Valentines Day counting by ones and fives.

Valentines Dot to Dot of Valentines Balloons
A free printable dot to dot of Valentines Balloons. Page 2.

A Free Printable Dot to Dot of a Teddy Bear Cupid for Valentines Day
A Free Printable Dot to Dot of a Teddy Bear Cupid for Valentines Day. Page 3.

A Bulletin Board to Start the School Year
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Make a Paper Doll Border
A bulletin board begins with a border of alternating boy and girl paper dolls. Page 2.

Students Create Their Information Pages Before Assembling the Board
Students write important information to share with their classmates. Page 3.

Print the Free Printable PDF's and Prepare Them
Free printables make this board easy to create.

Students Color and Cut
Students finish up the cakes with crayons, markers and scissors. Page 2.

Create a Watery Background With Sponges
Creating a watery background with real ocean sponges.

Color and Cut Free PDF's of Ocean Fish and Animals
Free printable pdf's found here of sea animals for the bulletin board. Page 2.

Spooky Math with Magnetic Pictures of Halloween Favorites
A method and free printables to create a class activity to teach reading and solving word problems.

Spooky Witches Teach Math
Spooky witches cut outs are used to model and teach word problem solving for addition and subtraction. Page 2.

Spooky Ghosts Teach Math
Spooky ghost cut outs are used to model and teach word problem solving for addition and subtraction. Page 3.

Spooky Skeletons Teach Math
Spooky skeleton cut outs are used to model and teach word problem solving for addition and subtraction. Page 4.

A Printable PDF Makes A Fun Fourth of July Hat
A fun hat for the fourth of July.

Paint Your Paper Plate
The first step is to paint the plate yellow.

Glue on the Rotini
The mane is made by dipping rotini noodles into white glue and applying them to the edge of the paper plate. Page 2.

The Finished Lion
The completed Lion has a main of rotini pasta noodles. Page 3.

Paint a Box
Creating a lion bean bag game with a box, hand print mane and some paint.

Add a Mane of Construction Paper Handprints
Adding a mane of construction paper handprints. Page 2.

Play Bean Bag with Your Bean Bag Lion
Set the box on a table to play the game. Page 3.

Collect the Materials You Need
Sand,a container, shells and plaster of Paris make up the maaterials for a sand casting project.

Placing Shells
Sand,a container, shells and plaster of Paris make up the maaterials for a sand casting project. Page 2.

Creating a Hand Print
Pressing a hand into the sand creates a hand print. Page 3.

Finishing Up the Project
A finished project provides a handprint, some sea shells and a learning experience of how things are

Friendship Bracelets For Your Students to Create and Share
An art project for the early invention camping unit.

Start With a Knotted Bead
Start your students bracelets with a bead. Page 2.

Choose Letters for the Names
Choosing name letters builds letter recognition skills. Page 3.

Create a Name Template for Children Learning their Names
A model on paper helps students just learning to recognize their names. Page 4.

Cutting Puzzles for the Early Intervention Camping Unit
Cutting puzzles for the early childhood camping unit.

A Teepee Cutting Puzzle for an Early Intervention Camping Unit
A cutting puzzle of a Teepee for an early childhood camping unit. Page 2.

A Puzzle of a Raccoon in a Ice Chest
When assembled, you'll see a raccoon in the ice chest. Page 3.

"I Statement" Cartoon Strips to Help Students Deal with Anger
Cartoon strips, a model and a blank cartoon, to help students build and use

An "I Statement" Cartoon Strip for Sadness


"I Statement" Cartoon Strips to Help Students Understand Disappointment


Social Skills Baseball
A classroom baseball game that helps students practice social interactions with peers.

A Behavior Contract for the Bus with a Numeric Rating System
Students with disabilities sometimes get themselves into trouble on the school bus. These bus contracts help bus drivers, teacher, parents and students work together to improve behavior.

A Behavior Contract for the Bus with an Excellent to Poor Rating System
Students with disabilities often have difficulty on the bus. This simple rating system will help your students manage their bus behavior. Page 2.

Short Vowel Charts to Support Explicit Phonics Instruction
Charts to display to help students remember short vowel sounds.

Create a Rainbow with Torn Paper
A Class Bulletin Board for St. Patrick's Day starts with a torn paper rainbow.

Add the Pot of Gold
A class bulletin board made with torn paper and a pot of cold from pdf included on this page. Page 2.

Cutting, Writing and Coloring Activities for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day activities for fine motor skills, cutting, coloring and writing.

Color and Cut out your Basket
A free printable. Special Education.

Decorate and Cut Your Easter Eggs
A page of eggs to color, cut and place in your Easter basket. Page 2.

Assemble the Basket
Assembling the final product is the last step. Page 3.

"I Statement" Cartoons to Teach Students and Important Replacement Behavior


A Circus Elephant Dot to Dot to Teach Skip Counting
Circus elephant dot to dots support skip counting by 2's and 5's

A Circus Clown Dot to Dot to Teach Skip Counting
Circus Clown dot to dots to support skip counting in special education early intervention. Page 2.

A Tight Rope Walker Dot to Dot to Support Skip Counting
A skip counting dot to dot of a tight rope walker. Page 3.

Christmas Coordinates - Numbered Pair Puzzles for Christmas
A Christmas tree puzzles using ordered pairs.

A Christmas Present Puzzle Made with Ordered Pairs
A math ordered pair/coordinates puzzle for a Christmas Present. Page 2.

Counting Nickels with a Number Line
A number line with skip counting fives help students with disabilities learn to count nickels.

Counting Dimes with a Hundred Chart
Counting dimes is made easier by using a hundred chart. Page 2.

Quarters - Counting Quarters with a Template
A picture template supports counting quarters. Page 3.

Creating the Interval Observation
Describing the observable behavior, and creating an appropriate interval of observation helps create an objective measure of behavior.

Collecting Data with an Interval Observation Form
After you have chosen the length of the form and created it, you or a partner can use the form as a tool to collect data. Page 2.

Free Worksheet Activities for the Letter G
Free activity worksheets for the letter G.

Free Worksheet Activities for the Letter H
Free printable worksheets for the letter H.

Step Six: Creating a Keyword Outline Writing Prompt
A step-by-step guide to assist students in creating an informal outline writing prompt using key words to organize thoughts when composing written assignments. Page 7.

Step Four: Creating a Keyword Outline Writing Prompts
A step-by-step guide to assist students in creating an informal outline writing prompt using key words to organize thoughts when composing written assignments. Page 5.

Step Five: Creating a Keyword Outline Writing Prompt
A step-by-step guide to assist students in creating an informal outline writing prompt using key words to organize thoughts when composing written assignments. Page 6.

Step One - Creating a Keyword Outline Writing Prompt
A step-by-step guide to assist students in creating an informal outline writing prompt using key words to organize thoughts when composing written assignments. Page 2.

Step Three: Creating a Keyword Outline Writing Prompt
A step-by-step guide to assist students in creating an informal outline writing prompt using key words to organize thoughts when composing written assignments. Page 4.

Step Two: Creating a Keyword Outline Writing Prompt
A step-by-step guide to assist students in creating an informal outline writing prompt using key words to organize thoughts when composing written assignments. Page 3.

Free Worksheets for the Letter D
Free printable worksheets to teach letter recognition, word and writing for the letter D

Creating an Outline Writing Prompt
A step-by-step guide to assist students in creating an informal outline writing prompt using key words to organize thoughts when composing written assignments.

I Statement, Please!
social skills special education I statement Aspergers autism typical students blaming successful relationships

DSM V - The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition
The DSM V or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual fifth edition, was published May, 2013 and changes several important diagnostic categories.

Task Analysis - a Road Map for Teaching Life Skills
A task analysis is something a special educator prepares as he or she chooses how to teach a life skill.

Fade - Fading Prompts
Fading is a term for the strategic withdrawal of support as students acquire new skills.

PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System
PECS is a copyrighted program from Pyramid Educational Consultants that is the model for picture communication, and augmentative communication approach that has proven successful with children with autism.

CCSS -- Common Core State Standards
Introduced in 2010, the Common Core State Standards lay out standards for student performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades Kindergarten through 12.

Progressive Discipline
Progressive discipline is a process of increasingly restrictive consequences for students who repeatedly break school rules.

Generalize, Generalization
Generalization is the ability to take skills and apply it across other environments.

Fair Use Doctrine
The fair use doctrine of Copyright law defines how a teacher can use copyrighted materials.

Life Skills - Teaching Functional Skills for Independent Living
Life skills are skills that children with disabilities need in order to live independently as adults.

Seating for Whole Group Discussion -- the Security Council
The Security Council is a seating plan that encourages group discussion.

The Security Council Seating Plan Using the Long Wall of the Classroom
The Security Council seating plan facing the long side of the room has many of the advantages of the alternate, narrow plan and also faces more students toward the board. Page 2.

A "Think Tac Toe" Chart for an End of Unit History Unit on the Revolutionary War
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Placement -- the "Where" of Least Restrictive Environment
Placement is a word used to describe where a child receives special education services, and is vital for fulfilling the Least Restrictive Environment requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004.)

Positive Reinforcement
positive reinforcement is the addition of something, a preferred item, food, social praise or activity, that increases a behavior.

The Common Core State Standards -- Writing Opinion
Strategies for teaching opinion writing to students with disabilities.

Special Education Law
A general discussion of federal law defining the rights of special education students and the responsibilities of local education authorities.

The Fair Use Doctrine – Using Copyrighted Material in Your Classroom
A look at the Fair Use Doctrine in the Special Education classroom.

Chaining Forward and Chaining Backwards
Chaining forward or backward means to begin teaching tasks from the beginning, step by step (forward chaining) or from the end (backward chaining.)

Subitizing -- a Skill to Build Math Fluency
Subitizing is the ability to see and recognize numbers in sets, by seeing and recognizing patterns.

Due Process -- How Parents Assert their Rights
A description of the process for resolving differences between a school district and the family of an individual with a disability.

Token Boards
Token boards are used to support behavior, either to solve individual problems, or to manage a classroom.

Functional Math -- Math Skills that Support Independence
Functional math skills are math skills that will support students with disability as they grow and move into the community.

Word Problems for Primary Students
Practice and strategies help primary students solve word problems.

Number Sense - A Foundation for Math Fluency
Number sense is the foundation of math fact fluency, problem solving and understanding algebra.

ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis
ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis is a research based approach to teaching and modifying challenging behavior which is often characteristic of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Reinforcer Assessment for Applied Behavior Analysis
Reinforcer assessment is an important part of finding powerful reinforcement to change the behavior of children with disabilities, especially children with autism spectrum disorders.

Measurement and the Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards are the foundation for functional staff math

Early Intervention Extended School Year Unit on Pirates
A Pirate Unit for an early intervention extended school year program.

An End of the School Year Checklist
An article on creating checklists for the end of the school year.

Early Intervention Camping Unit for Extended School Year
A Unit for early intervention ESY based on camping.

A Preschool Early Intervention Unit on the Zoo
Use one of children's favorite topics, zoo animals, to support dearly intervention development.

An Early Intervention Farm Unit
A farm unit for early intervention programs that supports developmental skills for pre-school.

A Point System for Reinforcement
A Point System Is a Strategy for Reinforcing Appropriate Academic and Classroom Behavior

Conduct Disorder - A Behavior Disorder
Conduct Disorder is the more severe behavioral disorder identified by IDEA as a Behavior Disturbance.

Phonemic Awareness - Foundational Skills for Phonics and Reading
Phonemic awareness is the set of skills whereby children recognize the component sounds of words.

Teaching Interactions - Naturalistic Approach to Teaching Social Skills
Teaching Interactions is a naturalistic approach to teaching social skills to meet individual students' behavioral challenges.

Base Ten for Students with Disabilities
Base ten, or the digital number system, is the foundation for all math. Helping young students understand it is essential for future success in math.

The Common Core State Standards -- IEP's for Counting and Cardinality
IEP's for place value that align with the Common Core State Standards.

Teaching Writing Skills to Students with Dyslexia
Students with dyslexia not only have a difficult time reading but may have a hard time organizing information as well as problems with conventions and sentence structure, creating writing assignments that look as if the student did not put any effort into the assignment. Teachers can help by working with students to create a plan of action.

Journal Writing to Build Writing Skills
A lesson plan for middle school students to provide daily practice on writing skills on a variety of different writing techniques depending on the writing prompt of the day.