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Special Needs – Teacher Resources

Inform yourself about curriculum strategies and classroom management for students with different learning needs. We have resources on everything you need to know about teaching special needs students effectively. You'll find information for teaching students with ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, Giftedness, and Handicaps. We'll help you figure out ways to create an inclusive classroom, adapt and supplement your classroom materials, make assessment accommodations, and provide you with other useful tips.


Daily Point Chart
Weekly Point Chart
Effective Accommodations for IEPs
Helen Keller
Accommodations Checklist
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
More Special Needs Printables

Classroom Management & Discipline

Teaching Methods
Adaptations and Modifications for Students with Special Needs
Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
How to Manage Disruptive Behavior in Inclusive Classrooms
Keys to Successful Inclusion
Working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Challenged Students
Proactive Measures for Behavior Management
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Assessment Accommodation

Introduction to Portfolios
Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing & Assessment
Types of Assessment Accommodation
Assessment & Accommodation
IEPs and Beyond
Judicious Review
Guiding Principles for Assessment Accommodations
More Assessment Accommodation Resources

Resources for English-Language Learners

What Is Comprehensible Input?
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Teaching English-Language Learners with Learning Difficulties
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
Bilingual Special Education
English-Language Learners
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Behavior Modification

Social Skills and Autism
Socially Inappropriate Behaviors
Reinforcement for Children with ADD
ADD Diagnosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach
Questions About ADD Medication
ADD: Working with Your School
Hobbies and Special Talents/Interests for Children with ADD

Educational Technology

Assistive Technology for Students with Mild Disabilities
Response: Math Tools
Response: Technology
Inclusion vs Special Ed Classes

ADD/ADHD Resources


Autism & Asperger's Resources

Considerations for Social Interaction with Autistic Students
Promoting Social Development for Students with Autism
Mockingbird Discussion Guide
Direct Skill Instruction for Students with Autism
Al Capone Does My Shirts & Al Capone Shines My Shoes Discussion Guide
Peer Tutoring for Students with Autism
Peer Initiation Strategies for Students with Autism
Antecedent Prompting Procedures for Students with Autism

Gifted Students

Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom
Crossover Children – LD and Gifted
Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
The Crossover Profile
More Resources for Gifted & Learning Disabled Students

Learning & Developmental Disabilities

Children's Books About Disabilities
Modifying Instruction: Teaching Students with ADD
Teaching Strategies for Students with ADD/ADHD
Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers
What Teachers and Parents Should Know About Ritalin
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
Structuring Lessons to Promote Learning from Materials
More Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Resources for Mental Health & Wellness

Fine Motor Skills
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Impact of Disruption on Students with Exceptionalities
Intervention Strategies for Disaster
Reinforcement Questionnaire
Impact of Disaster on Students with Exceptionalities
Helpful Hints for Reducing Stress During Test Taking
Crisis Intervention Information Centers
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Impact of Death on Students with Exceptionalities
Bluefish Classroom Ideas

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Repeated Reading
The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
The Miracle Worker: Questions to Consider
Learning Disabilities: Glossary of Terms
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
The Miracle Worker: Project Ideas
Sensory Imaging
More Reading & Language Arts Resources

Mathematics Resources

Planning Pyramid for Multi-Level Mathematics Instruction
Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum
CMP2 for Students with Special Needs
Mathematical Dispositions
Resourcing -- Time Log
Math in Today's Schools
National Mathematics Standards
Collaboration in Today's Math Classroom
Resourcing -- Being a Time Manager
Resourcing -- Time Log Analysis
Encouraging Students with Learning Problems
High-Stakes Testing & Implications for Students with Learning Problems
Proofreading for Math
Holding a Fundraiser: Money for a Good Cause

Science Resources

Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind
Summer Reading for Teachers

Social Studies

The IEP Cycle: The General Educator's Role
Conspicuous Strategies
Preparing for an IEP
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
What to Include in an IEP
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
The IEP Team Members
More Social Studies Resources

Resources for Handicapped Students

Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
White Cane Safety Day

Teaching Methodology

Teaching Students with Special Needs
Collaboration Between General and Special Education Teachers
Students with Exceptionalities
Effective Teaching Strategies
Inclusion Resources
Frequently Asked Questions on Inclusion
ADD/ADHD Resources for Teachers
More Teaching Methodology Resources


Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon
Join the Galactic Hot Dogs Reading Marathon! Read each episode as it's re-released with newly revealed facts, behind-the-scenes illustrations, and the inside scoop. Make it official by pledging on the blog to read each chapter with Cosmoe. Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements that can easily be paired to the stories.

Handwashing Awareness
Kids are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading viruses during the winter months. Prevention starts with proper handwashing. Show students how to keep germs away.

March Calendar of Events
March is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: National School Breakfast Week (3/2-6), World Orphan Week (3/4-11), Boston Massacre (3/5/1770), Daylight Saving Time Begins (3/8), International Women's Day (3/8), Teen Tech Week (3/8-14), Pi Day (3/14), St. Patrick's Day (3/17), Spring Begins (3/20), Make Your Own Holiday Day (3/26), and World Theatre Day (3/27). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Music In Our Schools Month, Women's History Month, and Youth Art Month!

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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Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. Talk to your students about the accomplishments women have made—as well as the adversity they have faced.

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