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Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers, Grades 6-12

Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers, Grades 6-12

© 2007 | 160 pages | Corwin

"Teachers will love the straightforward, practical information. The topics and strategies are excellent."
—Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education, Towson University

"Impressive. Pinpoints current classroom issues and offers direct problem-solving approaches. This easy-to-implement resource, with its organized chapter outlines and well-crafted format, is flexible and adaptable to any grade, subject, or ability level."
—Erin Ann Witty, Special Education Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools, WI

"Provides great insight for developing and organizing your overall daily routine, planning, and teaching."
—Mariann C. Carter, Exceptional Needs Specialist, South Carolina Department of Education

"A valuable reference for any special education teacher. With a focus on classroom management, the guide covers all aspects of teaching, from paperwork to professional relationships. New and veteran teachers will find indispensable resources to improve their practice and enrich their learning."
—Peggy Holtman, Special Education Supervisor, Milwaukee Public Schools, WI

Special education teaching strategies in a no-nonsense format!

If you're a teacher new to special education, this book is for you! This newest Common-Sense Classroom Management guide addresses the most critical challenges that arise when teaching adolescent learners with special needs.

In this flexible and easy-to-implement resource, educators will find 80 concise and teacher-tested strategies. Each strategy works in five steps or fewer, helping special educators feel competent and confident about working with coteachers, teacher aides, support staff, administrators, and families. The authors, all special education experts, provide practical assistance with:

  • Specially designed instruction and student organization to make teaching more effective
  • Legal responsibilities aligned with IDEIA and NCLB requirements
  • Positive behavioral supports, including incentive programs and meaningful consequences

Ideal for teachers new to special education, teacher trainers, and teacher mentors, this resource provides a clear-sighted focus to help you shape the structure of each teaching day and ensure success for all your learners with special needs!

About the Authors
1. Getting Organized
Student Information  
Supplies and Materials  
Your Desk and Surrounding Areas  
Forms and Schedules  
Room Arrangement  
Wall Displays  
2. Organizing Students
Preparing for Class  
Storage Systems  
Daily Oganizational Strategies  
Routines and Rules  
Peer Buddies  
3. Delivery of Special Education Services
Determining Level of Educational Services for Students With Academic Disabilities  
Determining Level of Support for Students With Behavioral Challenges  
Providing Educational Services  
Developing Your Schedule to Support Students  
Sharing Student Information  
Providing Services to Students With Disabilities Through Collaboration  
Special Education Instructional Planning  
4. Positive Behavioral Supports
Classroom Management and Coteaching  
Providing Indirect Behavioral Support to Students Within the Inclusive Classroom  
Managing Behavior in the Special Education Classroom  
Addressing Individual Student Behavior Challenges  
Managing Special Education Classrooms Designed for Students With Extremely Challenging Behavior  
Tokens of Recognition and Other Fabulous Prizes  
Activity Reinforcers  
Backup Plans for Students Not Earning the Incentive  
When You Must Discipline  
Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan  
Conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment  
Developing a Behavior Intervention Plan  
5. General Education Instructional Planning
Your Involvement in the General Education Classroom  
Planning for Academic Success  
Planning for Behavioral Success  
Grading Students With Disabilities  
Coteaching and Co-planning  
6. Specially Designed Instruction
Implementing the IEP  
Finding Appropriate Materials  
Individualized Work  
The IEP and Assistive Technology  
Using Assistive Technology as a Learning Support  
Learning Strategies  
Transition Planning  
Transition Planning for Students Bound for Postsecondary Education  
Instruction in Behavior  
7. Legal Issues
Changes to the IEP Process as Required by IDEIA  
Student and Parent Rights  
Transfer of Rights  
Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plan  
Manifestation Determination  
8. Working With Families
Before You Contact Families . . .  
Establishing and Maintaining a Positive Relationship  
IEP Meetings  
Parent Conferences  
Assistance From School Support Staff  
9. Working With Support Staff
The IEP and Support Staff Involvement  
Support From the Special Education Administrative Staff  
Support From the School Psychologist  
Support From the School Social Worker  
Support From the Guidance Counselor  
Support From Transition Service Providers  
Other Support Staff  
10.Working With Teacher Assistants
Making a Schedule  
Presenting a United Front  
Assigning Responsibilities  
Discussing Concerns  
11. Working With Administration
Understanding Your Principal's View of Special Education in Your School  
Communicating With Your Principal  
Principal Observations and Evaluations  
Professional Development  
What Is a Professional Learning Community?  
12. Working Within Your School Community
Becoming Part of the Team  
Teacher Buddies and Mentors  
To Socialize or Not to Socialize  
The Teachers' Room  
Ask for Help, Offer to Help  
Other Supports for New Teachers  
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"Uses humor while providing straight forward suggestions for the new teacher. User friendly with pertinent information and resources for the new teacher."

Kathy Amacher, Special Education Teacher
Franklin Middle School, Geneva, IL

"As I read, I kept thinking to myself just how appropriate the title was. The book is a compilation of just what it says—common-sense solutions and suggestions. I liked the chapter titles because I knew exactly what would be in each chapter."

Jo Bellanti, Director of Special Education
Shelby County Schools, Bartlett, TN

"Teachers will love the straight forward, practical information. The topics and strategies are excellent."

Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education
Towson University, MD

"Practical information is presented in a clear-cut, easy-to-read format."

Toby Karten, Resource Center Teacher
Manalpan Englishtown Regional Schools , NJ

"Provides great insight for developing and organizing your overall daily routine, planning, and teaching."

Mariann C. Carter, NBPTS Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist
Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children, Columbia, SC
Key features
  • 80 classroom strategies and solutions covered in 5 simple steps or fewer
  • For special education teachers, general education teachers new to special learners, and substitute teachers
  • Teacher collaborations are featured throughout
  • Humor, conversational tone, reproducibles, index, and detailed table of contents suitable for browsing make the book reader friendly and easy to use

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