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


March 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

 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1


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