Archive for the ‘Special Education’ Category

  • How to Apply for a DonorsChoose Grant (And Why You Should)

    on Oct 17, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Special Education • with Comments


    Less than two months ago, I applied for a grant at out of pure desperation. I needed supplies for my classroom and I didn’t see any other way that would happen with the current budget crisis in effect. Where I’m at, the special education budget has hit on all-time low, so our resources are actually lower than those of anyone else in the school system. Technology, learning tools, and anything else I could request, I would have to get from my school, not from my special education department, and the budget only stretches so

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  • 7 Strategies for Helping Students with Organizational Problems

    on Oct 9, 14 • in Instructional Strategies, Special Education • with Comments


    You’re teaching a lesson on math, and you see Johnny shuffling through his enormous trapper keeper still. Not only can’t he find his pencil, but he left his notes in his locker. At the end of class, he shoves all his papers into the trapper keeper, not bothering to look where he shoves them, nearly drops his stack of books at he trips out the door, and you wonder if he’ll finally get his homework done tonight. Perhaps “Johnny” describes one student in your classroom or makes up a composite of several students in your

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  • During and After the Storm: Everyday Behavior Strategies

    on Oct 2, 14 • in Instructional Strategies, Special Education • with Comments

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    Last week, I covered behavior strategies to use prior to behavior incidences occurring as a way of being proactive (call it hurricane preparedness training, if you will). This week, I’d like to cover what to do during and after the storm, so to speak. What happens when you’ve got a student in your room currently exhibiting behavior issues that you need interventions for? This list will cover everyday behavior strategies. Behavioral contract: Sit down with the student and come up with a behavior contract. Make sure the agreement outlines specifics. It should include specific positive behaviors

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  • Before the Storm: Behavior Strategies for Prevention Purposes

    on Sep 24, 14 • in Special Education • with Comments


    Think of that kid in the room that just can’t seem to make it through the class period. Things just seem to set that student off for some reason, and you don’t know what to do. Up until now, you’ve probably used strategies for handling the behavior after it’s already happened. But before you batten down the hatches again, here are some behavior strategies to use before the storm. Offer choices whenever possible - That’s right. Give the student choices on things that you can handle giving them free reign over. Maybe it’s okay for him

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  • How To Teach Students with Intellectual Disabilities

    on Sep 16, 14 • in Special Education • with Comments

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    As a result of I.D.E.A. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), we will continue to see more and more students with all types of disabilities in the regular education classroom, including students with intellectual disabilities (ID). As it turns out, individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) benefit from the same teaching tactics used to teach people with other learning challenges, including learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism. Break it down. Break down learning tasks into small steps. Present each learning task one step at a time. This avoids overwhelming the student. Wait until one step gets mastered, then

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