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The Lesson Plan: A Breakdown

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

Even the most experienced teachers should come to class with well-thought-out written lesson plans or outlines. Written plans keep teachers on track and provide a framework for reflecting on and evaluating how things went after the fact. This week’s FREE tool is a table that breaks down the components of a good lesson plan to guide teachers in crafting effective ...

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Well-Written Introductions

If you are an educator who is also pursuing an academic career of your own, then you know that holiday “breaks” are often times spent catching up on research or polishing articles for publication or presentation. To support your academic endeavors, this week’s FREE tool is a table listing the elements of a good article introduction, complete with examples of ...

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Data Duties Spelled Out

Have you ever spent precious time collecting data about your students’ progress only to find you’re left with more questions? In today’s data-driven classrooms, this can create quite a conundrum. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a simple table of data types that identifies the uses for each type. It will help you choose the right data to collect ...

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TAAFT: There’s an Acronym for That!

Do you ever feel like you’re speaking a foreign language when talking about special education? We know how you feel! That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a handy list of special education acronyms and their meanings to help you keep your ducks (and your letters) in a row. Laminate it and post it on the wall so you’ll never ...

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Rules of the Game

In the coming weeks, professors and graduate students will be taking a well-earned break from the rigors of higher education. This is a time when many academics catch up on research and polish up article drafts for publication. So this week’s FREE tool is a brief list of common rules to remember when formatting an article in APA style. You’ll ...

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Remember: person-first!

It never hurts to be reminded about ways to make everyone feel respected and included, so this week’s FREE tool is a refresher on using person-first language. This quick-and-dirty table will give you the low-down on what to say and what not to say when communicating with or about people with disabilities. Everyone benefits when teachers learn to use these ...

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Instructional Resources & Resources for Evidence-Based Practices

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

This week’s FREE tool packs a powerful punch. It’s a list of internet resources to help you find instructional tools and information about evidence-based practices online. The web is a vast and ever-changing source of information, so you’ll want this list to help you go straight to reliable and useful websites that can enhance your teaching. Instructional resources are broken ...

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Getting Around Town

Are you working on a real-world curriculum? Then you’re going to love this week’s FREE tool! It’s a checklist for pedestrian skills to help you support students who are working on “getting around town” independently. The list will help you track progress and set priorities on skills that range from walking without difficulty, to understanding crossing rules, to walking in ...

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Specialty Sets for Initial Preparation Programs

This week’s FREE tool is a flow chart to guide you through the selection of specialty sets and initial preparation standards for your special education practice. It comes to you from CEC’s What Every Special Educator Must Know—famously known as the Red Book. If you are a practicing teacher developing a professional development plan, a faculty member evaluating curricula, or ...

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Setting SMART Goals

This week’s FREE tool is a nifty mnemonic to help you set SMART goals when transition planning. It comes from CEC’s Building Alliances, which identifies goal setting as the first step when building an action plan for transition. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results focused, and Time bound—and they’ll make an excellent springboard for your transition team action plan! ...

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