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Common-Sense Classroom Management Techniques for Working With Students With Significant Disabilities

Foreword by Lou Brown



© 2009 | 144 pages | Corwin

"A book that is sure to help both new and veteran teachers plan instruction, collaborate with colleagues, design curricular adaptations, and advocate inclusive education. Written by experienced practitioners, this resource is full of teacher-tested ideas."
—Paula Kluth, Educational Consultant
Common Schools Consulting

"This book provides excellent guidance for the successful implementation of IEPs for students who have very challenging needs. The information is research based, guides good practice, and provides clearly stated expectations."
—Mary Reeve, SPED Director
Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools, NM

Help ensure the best possible outcomes for learners with significant disabilities!

Today's diverse classrooms challenge even the most experienced teachers. Using an easy-to-read format, this resource offers tools and techniques that teachers can use to reach all learners, particularly those with more significant disabilities, and give them the support they need to succeed.

In this invaluable resource, teachers will find common-sense ideas and strategies to help promote full participation, educational equity, and self-sufficiency for students with significant disabilities. Readers will find charts, graphs, sample forms, Web-based resources, and practical techniques to adopt or modify for learners with or without special needs. Topics include:

  • Organizing students and the classroom
  • Building academic and functional skills
  • Preparing for transitions
  • Working with support staff
  • Communicating with parents and caregivers
  • Assistive technology
  • Lesson planning and creating IEPs

Perfect for new or experienced teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, parents, or anyone else who works with children, the strategies in this guide help ensure that all students have access to the education they want and deserve.

 
Foreword by Lou Brown
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction and Overview
 
1. Getting Ready
Time Organization  
Student Information  
Finding Appropriate Materials and Adaptive Equipment  
Physical and Visual Arrangements Within the Room  
Helping Administrators, General Education Teachers, and Support Staff Understand the Needs and Abilities of Students  
Knowing Your Community  
 
2. Organizing the Students and Their Learning Environment
The IEP and Planning  
Grouping Students  
Developing Daily and Weekly Schedules  
Individual Student Planning in a Variety of Learning Environments  
Developing Lesson Plans  
Documenting Student Progress  
Working With Classroom Support Staff  
Community Experiences and Instruction  
Advocating for Your Students and Exploring Inclusive Learning Environments  
 
3. General Planning: Curriculum and Methods of Instruction
Consistency, Structure, and Routine  
Student Full and Partial Participation in the General Education Classroom  
Systematic Instruction and Fading  
Curriculum  
Blending Academic and Functional Curriculum Models  
 
4. Academic Planning
Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), and IDEIA  
Academic and Content Standards and Writing Individual Education Plans (IEPs)  
Curriculum, Instructional, and Assessment Planning  
Inclusive Instructional Strategies and Adaptations  
Active Participation Versus Presence Only in the Classroom  
Collaboration and Team Planning  
 
5. Functional Planning
Planning for Community and Functional Skills Instruction  
Functional Learning Outcomes  
Functional Instruction  
Inclusive Examples  
Social Skills and Peer Relationships  
Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination  
Transition and Outcomes  
 
6. Assistive Technology as a Learning Support
Definition of Assistive Technology (AT)  
The SETT Framework  
Use of Assistive Technology for Communication  
Use of Assistive Technology to Access Literacy  
Use of Assistive Technology to Control the Environment  
Use of Assistive Technology to Hold Things  
Use of Assistive Technology to See Better  
Use of Assistive Technology to Hear Better  
Use of Assistive Technology for Computer Access  
Use of Assistive Technology for Eating or Dressing  
Use of Assistive Technology for Access to Recreation and Leisure  
Documenting Assistive Technology in the IEP  
 
7. Understanding Behavior
Communication  
Determining Cause and Supporting the Student  
Developing a Support Plan for Difficult Behaviors in Different Settings  
Shaping Behavior and Rewards  
 
8. Working With Related Service Providers and Other Support Staff
Defining Related Services  
Models of Service Delivery  
Teacher Tips for Working With Related Service Providers  
Finding Time for Collaboration  
Role of the Occupational Therapist  
Role of the Physical Therapist  
Role of the Speech and Language Pathologist  
Working With Other Support Personnel  
 
9. Communication With Parents and Guardians
Developing a Positive Relationship With Parents or Guardians  
Coordinating School and Home Expectations  
Ongoing Communication Strategies  
IEP Team Meetings  
Parent-Teacher Conferences  
 
10. Transition
Parent and Student Involvement  
Transition in Early Development  
School-Age Transitions  
Identifying Adaptive Equipment Needs  
Developing Postsecondary Goals  
Planning a Coordinated Set of Activities to Help Meet Postsecondary Goals  
Determining Community Resources  
 
References
 
Index

“A book that is sure to help both new and veteran teachers plan instruction, collaborate with colleagues, design curricular adaptations, and advocate inclusive education. Written by experienced practitioners, this resource is full of teacher-tested ideas.”

Paula Kluth, Educational Consultant
Common Schools Consulting

“This book provides excellent guidance for the successful implementation of IEPs for students who have very challenging needs. The information is research based, guides good practice, and provides clearly stated expectations.”

Mary Reeve, SPED Director
Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools, NM
Key features
  • For new teachers and their mentors
  • 50 simple, teacher-tested, easy-to-use strategies, each needing five steps or fewer for implementation
  • Browsable table of contents guides readers to the strategies they need
  • Offers strategies for getting ready for the day, organizing students and classroom, academic planning, functional skills planning, planning transitions, working with suppport staff, communicating with parents and caregivers, and much more.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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