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Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior

Here is a list of verbs and phrases that may help you to prepare positive, descriptive statements for an IEP (Individualized Education Program).

attentive
alert
calm
cheerful
well-groomed
coordinated
makes appropriate eye contact
understandable speech
animated
spontaneous
fluent
engaging
articulate
thoughtful
open
stays on task
consistent
goal-directed

well-mannered
uses trial and error approach
orderly
deliberate
persistent
inquisitive
variable motivation level
accepts mistakes
adaptable
transitions well
learns from doing
notes detail
willing to try again
applies him- or herself
shows effort
thinks before acting
asks for help
cooperative
follows one-step directions
follows two-step directions
follows multi-step directions
requires repetition of directions
ignores distractions
needs time to transition
recognizes errors
able to spell
creatively spells
memorizes words
passive learner
actively involved in learning
requires information in a variety of modes
needs visual cues
requires auditory cues
requires preparation for transition
helpful
takes initiative

Council for Exceptional Children

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Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.


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