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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
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
Effective Accommodations for IEPs
Helen Keller
Accommodations Checklist
Fine Motor Skills
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
The IEP Cycle: The General Educator's Role
Characteristics of Effective Behavior Managers
Keys to Successful Inclusion
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?
English-Language Learners
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Teaching English-Language Learners with Learning Difficulties
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
Bilingual Special Education
More Classroom Management & Discipline Resources

Behavior Modification

Social Skills and Autism
Socially Inappropriate Behaviors
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
Questions About ADD Medication
ADD Diagnosis: The Multidisciplinary Approach
Reinforcement for Children with ADD
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

Teaching Strategies for Students with ADD/ADHD
Modifying Instruction: Teaching Students with ADD
ADD/ADHD Resources for Teachers
What Teachers and Parents Should Know About Ritalin
Increasing Attention
Planning for Success: Teaching Students with ADD
A Parent-Teacher's Guide to ADHD (K-12)
What Can Teachers Do To Help a Child with AD/HD?
Proofreading the Mechanics of Written Work
ADHD: What Are the Signs?
ADHD: Meeting the Challenge
ADD: The Educational Evaluation
ADHD and Children Who Are Gifted
Teaching Children with ADD/ADHD
Frequently Asked Questions on ADD/ADHD
Six Tips for Dealing with ADD Students
A Teacher's Identification Role: Getting Help for Students with ADD
A Team Effort: Getting Help for Students with ADD
Working Together with Families – Teaching Students with ADD
Formal Assessment: Getting Help for Students with ADD

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
Peer Initiation Strategies for Students with Autism
Antecedent Prompting Procedures for Students with Autism
Peer Tutoring 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
The Crossover Profile
Crossover Children – LD and Gifted
Gifted but Learning Disabled: A Puzzling Paradox
More Resources for Gifted & Learning Disabled Students

Learning & Developmental Disabilities

Children's Books About Disabilities
Proactive Measures for Behavior Management
Working with Emotionally and Behaviorally Challenged Students
Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum
Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom
Mediated Scaffolding
Structuring Lessons to Promote Learning from Materials
More Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Resources for Mental Health & Wellness

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

Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Repeated Reading
The Miracle Worker: Synopsis, Ideas, and Writing Connections
The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
Summer Reading for Teachers
Learning Disabilities: Glossary of Terms
Explaining Assessment Accommodations to Families: Spanish Version
SIR RIGHT: A Strategy for Math Problem Solving
More Reading & Language Arts Resources

Mathematics Resources

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

Science Resources

Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind

Social Studies

Conspicuous Strategies
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
The Miracle Worker: Questions to Consider
The Miracle Worker: Project Ideas
Culturally Diverse Students with Learning Problems
White Cane Safety Day
The IEP Team Members
More Social Studies Resources

Resources for Handicapped Students

Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Teaching Methodology

Teaching Students with Special Needs
Collaboration Between General and Special Education Teachers
Students with Exceptionalities
Frequently Asked Questions on Inclusion
Effective Teaching Strategies
Inclusion Resources
Summary of the Six Principles of Effective Curriculum Design
More Teaching Methodology Resources


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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