Strategies

Good IEPs Don’t Grow on Trees

IEPs are highly individualized documents, so they can’t be created in a vacuum or drafted from dime-a-dozen templates. Good IEPs grow out of collaborative discussions among students, their families, and their teachers. To guide you in this process, this week’s FREE tool is a checklist of activities to be performed before, during, and after the IEP meeting. The action items ...

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Writing with Pizzazz

Good writing drips with delectable tidbits of interesting detail, but students can struggle to generate the kinds of specifics that will draw in their readers. To help your students fill their paragraphs with the juicy stuff they need to engage readers, this week’s FREE tool is an organizer for answering question words like Who? When? and How? The organizer comes ...

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Celebrating Literacy for all Readers

On Friday, September 8, educators and students around the globe will be celebrating International Literacy Day. Here at CEC, we don’t want to miss the chance to draw attention to the magic and power of reading, so this week’s FREE tool is a literacy tip and table of literacy resources designed for teachers of students with intellectual disability. The table ...

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Summer Cool Down

This week marks the first day of summer! For many of us, temperatures outside are rising, but this time of year can also mean tensions inside are rising as final exams or state testing schedules progress. To help cool things off, this week’s FREE tool is a simple set of breathing exercises for you to do with your students before ...

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Reap the Rewards

Positive feedback and rewards can be powerful ways to reinforce desirable behavior, but coming up with appropriate rewards that feel new and enticing can be a challenge! To help you keep a few surprises up your sleeve, this week’s FREE tool is a table filled with acceptable reinforcers or rewards for students in both elementary and secondary school. With motivators ...

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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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Keep it Simple

Are you looking for ways to simplify content instruction in your inclusive classroom? If so, this week’s tool is for you. It’s a table with ideas for how you can modify both the level of content difficulty and the means by which instruction is delivered. From pre-teaching vocabulary to incorporating hands-on activities, you’ll find ways to adapt your lessons to ...

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Sounds Like a Plan

Imagine trying to distinguish between the sounds in a word when you’ve never heard some of the sounds before! English learners run into this difficulty while also working to master new content. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a nifty chart listing the English sounds that students won’t have learned in their first language. Who knew that Spanish doesn’t ...

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Word Problems We Can Smile About

Students make no secret of the fact that word problems aren’t their fave. But how do teachers feel about writing them? This week’s FREE tool is a table with tips for writing or adapting word problems with reduced linguistic demands. Simplified and predictable language in word problems will make for happier teachers and students alike! The tool comes from CEC’s ...

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Fluency that flies

Have your students been working hard on their reading skills all year? This week’s FREE tool is a table with fluency activities you can use to further student practice. Try activities like echo reading and choral reading to help students improve reading rate, accuracy, and expression as they repeat the cadence and expression modeled by their teachers and peers. The ...

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