Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers, Grades  K-5
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Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers, Grades K-5



© 2006 | 144 pages | Corwin

"A great resource for new teachers and veterans . . . full of tips and ideas that any teacher can use to prevent problems from occurring. [It] should be in every special education classroom."
-Therese Kwiatkowski, Director of Special Education
Cooperative Educational Service Agency

"As a former special education teacher, I highly recommend this book for all those who want to be more effective in every aspect of their work. All of the special education teachers at my school will have copies of this practical guide."
-Marybeth Sandvig, Principal
Manitoba K-8 School, Milwaukee, WI

Special help for special education teachers means special success for students!

Do you have too many IEPs on your desk? Is it five o'clock and do you still need to contact parents, social workers, and general education co-teachers? Teachers new to special education often feel overwhelmed at the amount of additional planning and information management required.

This practical guide shows you how to shape the structure of the teaching day to ensure that learners with special needs experience success. It includes simple teacher-tested, easy-to-implement strategies needing 5 steps or fewer to:

  • Organize students to make the most of the time you have with them
  • Use incentive programs and meaningful consequences to achieve desired behaviors
  • Coordinate with co-teachers, general education teachers, and staff to maximize your efforts

When the key paperwork is at your fingertips, the lesson plan is prepared, and the to-do list is written, you will find more time in your day for what's most important-your students!

 
Foreword by Patricia A. Yahle
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Getting Organized
Student Information  
Supplies and Materials  
Your Desk and Surrounding Area  
Forms and Schedules  
Room Arrangement  
 
2. Organizing Students
Adequate Storage  
Teaching Time Savers  
Student Desk Organization  
Mailboxes  
Routines and Rules  
Classroom Buddies  
 
3. Classroom and Behavior Management
Whole-Class Management  
Considerations for Students with Special Education Needs  
Managing Small Groups  
Developing Appropriate and Easily Implemented Behavior Programs  
Developing and Monitoring Behavior Intervention Plans  
Incentive Programs  
Negative Consequences  
When You Must Discipline…  
 
4. Special Education Instructional Planning
The IEP and Planning  
Grouping Students  
Finding Appropriate Materials  
Independent Work  
The IEP and Assistive Technology  
Using Assistive Technology as a Learning Support  
 
5. General Education Instructional Planning
Coordinating Efforts with the General Education Teacher and Support Staff  
Planning for Academic and Behavioral Success  
Co-Teaching and Co-Planning  
Adapting Lessons  
Accessing the General Education Curriculum  
Transition Times  
Special Education Instructional Planning  
Your Involvement in the General Education Classroom  
 
6. Record Keeping and Information Management
Creating a System  
Finding Time to Complete Paperwork  
IEP's and Progress Reports  
Report Cards and Grading  
 
7. Legal Issues
IDEA Reauthorization  
Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA)  
Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)  
Manifestation Determination  
Student and Parent Rights  
Suspensions  
 
8. Working with Families
Before You Contact Families…  
Establishing a Positive Relationship  
Ongoing Communication  
IEP Meetings  
Parent Conferences  
Documentation  
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 Speech and Language Pathologist  
Other Support Staff  
 
10. Working with Teacher Assistants
Making a Schedule  
Communication  
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  
 
Suggested Readings
 
References
 
Index

"Kudos to the authors for developing a great resource for new teachers and veterans in the field. Its organization allows for it to be used as a quick reference . . . (and it) is full of tips and ideas that any teacher can use to prevent problems from occurring. (It) should be in every special education classroom."

Therese Kwiatkowski, Director of Special Education
Cooperative Educational Service Agency, WI

"As a former special education teacher, I highly recommend Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers K-6 for all those who want to be more effective in every aspect of their work. All of the special education teachers at my school will have copies of this practical guide. It is a wonderful resource!"

Marybeth Sandvig, Principal
Manitoba K-8 School, Milwaukee, WI

"I found the material useful as an administrator who supervises the special education department and new teacher training. This is an easy read."

Darryl Williams, Principal
Gaithersburg High School, MD

"A teacher will not have to read the entire textbook to find answers to specific problems...the information is organized in such a manner that it is easy to locate solutions to problems...the suggestions are right on target and very useful. No words are left unsaid."

Candice Hollingsead, Professor
Andrews University
Key features
  • Classroom strategies and solutions covered in 5 simple steps or fewer
  • For special ed teachers, substitute teachers, and general education teachers new to working with special learners
  • Teacher collaborations are featured throughout: general ed teachers working with special ed teachers; substitute teachers preparing to fill in effectively whenever necessary; special ed teachers working with paraprofessionals; teachers working with school and district administrators, and more 
  • Humor, drawings, conversational tone, reproducibles, glossary, suggested readings,  index, and detailed table of contents suitable for browsing make the book teacher friendly and easy to use

 


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