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Teaching in a Special Education Classroom

Teaching in a Special Education Classroom
A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators

May 2008 | 120 pages | Corwin

"Probably one of the best books I've read that guides special educators from the beginning of the year to the end."
—Nicole Chiarello-Guyon, Special Education Teacher
Westerly School Department, RI

"The tips and strategies provided will help any teacher grow professionally."
—Teri Fechter, Specific Learning Disabilities Teacher
Franklin Elementary School, Appleton, WI

Tips and strategies for the new and experienced special education teacher!

Designed for professionals working in a resource room, self-contained special class, or inclusive setting, this step-by-step guide helps new teachers in special education get their careers off to a positive start and offers experienced teachers supportive information to help improve classroom practice.

Special education experts Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani review all aspects of special education teaching, from how to get to know your students before school starts to writing end-of-the-year reports. Aligned with the reauthorization of IDEA 2004, this guidebook provides practical guidelines for appropriate classroom design, includes a complete glossary, and examines critical issues such as:

  • Gathering information on students' educational history, medical background, and Individual Educational Programs (IEPs)
  • Meeting with parents, aides, mainstream teachers, and service providers
  • Addressing and evaluating factors that affect learners' performance and adapting the curriculum
  • Managing a classroom of students with specific disabilities and applying instructional interventions
  • Understanding grading options

Teaching in a Special Education Classroom offers straightforward advice to make the school year more productive for you and your students.

About the Authors
Step I. What to Do Before the Start of School
Getting to Know Your Students  
Step II. Designing and Setting Up Your Classroom
Classroom Design  
Setting Up Your Classroom  
Evaluating Existing Materials  
Step III. Meeting With Parents and Staff Members
Communicating With Parents  
Meeting With Your Assistant Teacher or Aide  
Communicating With Related Service Providers  
Communicating With Your Regular Education Teachers  
Communicating With the Mainstreamed Class and Teachers  
Step IV. Factors Affecting Curriculum Performance for Students With Special Needs
Factors Affecting Curriculum for Children With Special Needs  
Step V. Adapting the Curriculum for Students With Special Needs
What Are Curriculum Adaptations?  
Examples of Curriculum Adaptation  
Ways to Adapt the Curriculum  
Adapting Response Mode  
Step VI. Classroom Management of Children With Specific Disabilities
Students With Learning Disabilities  
Students With Mental Retardation  
Students With Emotional Disabilities  
Students With Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder  
Step VII. Applying Instructional Interventions for Specific Behaviors Exhibited in the Classroom by Students With Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
Instructional Interventions for Attendance Problems  
Instructional Interventions for Difficulty With Transitions  
Instructional Interventions for Disrespect to Teachers  
Instructional Interventions for Classroom Disruption  
Instructional Interventions for Failure to Accept Responsibility for Own Behavior and/or Consequences for Misbehavior  
Instructional Interventions for Interpersonal Relationships With Peers  
Instructional Interventions for Out-of-Control Behaviors  
Instructional Interventions for Passive Resistance  
Instructional Interventions for Not Respecting Property or Personal Space of Others  
Instructional Interventions for Verbal Aggression  
Instructional Interventions for Verbal Outbursts  
Step VIII. Understanding Grading Options for Students With Special Needs
Grading Approaches  
Reporting to Parents  
Step IX. Developing Educational Treatment Plans for Your Students
Step X. End-of-School-Year Responsibilities
Triennial Evaluation Reports  
Annual Review Meetings  
Declassification Consideration and Procedures  
Extended-School-Year Services  
End-of-the-Year Reports  

"Offers many helpful strategies and suggestions not only for the novice teacher, but an experienced teacher as well. Easy to read, it describes how to set up different types of classroom environments, where to go to get additional information, how to work with parents, how to end the school year, and more. I felt motivated and ready to go into the classroom."

Ramona Marquez, Director of Special Education
Hatch Valley Public Schools, NM

"An extensive overview of what to expect as a beginning special education teacher. This book would have been useful at the beginning of my career."

John Fry, Special Education and Social Studies Teacher
Hopkins School District, Minnetonka, MN

“Provides a great deal of useful information in one concise book. The tips and strategies provided will help any teacher grow professionally.”

Teri Fechter, Specific Learning Disabilities Teacher
Franklin Elementary School, Appleton, WI

“Probably one of the best books I’ve read that guides special educators from the beginning of the year to the end.”

Nicole Chiarello-Guyon, Special Education Teacher
Westerly School Department, RI

Used as supplemental text

Professor Dennis Cowan
School Of Education, Adelphi University
February 27, 2013
Key features

Tips and strategies for:

  • Meeting with parents and staff members
  • Designing and setting up your classroom
  • Addressing factors that affect curriculum performance of students with special needs
  • Classroom management of children with specific disabilities
  • Instructional interventions for specific behaviors exhibited in the classroom by students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders

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ISBN: 9781412917841