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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
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
Accommodations Checklist
Helen Keller
Making Adaptations for Disabled Students
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
Proactive Measures for Behavior Management
The IEP Cycle: The General Educator's Role
Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Assessment Accommodation

Introduction to Portfolios
Using Multiple Intelligences in Testing & Assessment
Types of Assessment Accommodation
IEPs and Beyond
Assessment & Accommodation
Judicious Review
Presentations: Different Editions
More Assessment Accommodation Resources

Resources for English-Language Learners

What Is Comprehensible Input?
English-Language Learners
Teaching English-Language Learners with Learning Difficulties
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Bilingual Special Education
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: Working with Your School
ADD Diagnosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach
Questions About ADD Medication
Hobbies and Special Talents/Interests for Children with ADD
Reinforcement for Children with ADD
ADD: Working with Your School
ADD Diagnosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach
Questions About ADD Medication
Hobbies and Special Talents/Interests for Children with ADD

Educational Technology

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

ADD/ADHD Resources

Modifying Instruction: Teaching Students with ADD
What Teachers and Parents Should Know About Ritalin
Teaching Strategies for Students with ADD/ADHD
ADD/ADHD Resources for Teachers
Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD
What Can Teachers Do To Help a Child with AD/HD?
ADD: The Educational Evaluation
Increasing Attention
Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
A Teacher's Identification Role: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Collecting Educationally Useful Information for Students with ADD
A Team Effort: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Planning for Success: Teaching Students with ADD
Formal Assessment: Getting Help for Students with ADD
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
Six Tips for Dealing with ADD Students
Understanding the Purpose of School-Based Referral: ADD/ADHD
Managing the Classroom: Teaching Students with ADD
Working Together with Families – Teaching Students with ADD

Autism & Asperger's Resources

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

Gifted Students

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

Learning & Developmental Disabilities

Children's Books About Disabilities
Working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Challenged Students
Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
Structuring Lessons to Promote Learning from Materials
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
Mediated Scaffolding
More Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Resources for Mental Health & Wellness

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

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
Repeated Reading
Summer Reading for Teachers
The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
Sensory Imaging
Learning Disabilities: Glossary of Terms
Explaining Assessment Accommodations to Families: Spanish Version
More Reading & Language Arts Resources

Mathematics Resources

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

Science Resources

Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind

Social Studies

Conspicuous Strategies
What to Include in an IEP
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
The IEP Cycle
The Miracle Worker: Questions to Consider
The Miracle Worker: Project Ideas
More Social Studies Resources

Resources for Handicapped Students

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

Teaching Methodology

Collaboration Between General and Special Education Teachers
Teaching Students with Special Needs
Students with Exceptionalities
Effective Teaching Strategies
Keys to Successful Inclusion
Inclusion Resources
Frequently Asked Questions on Inclusion
More Teaching Methodology Resources


Back to School Headquarters
August is Back to School Month and many of you will be returning to the classroom very soon. Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Icebreakers, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

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August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

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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