Strategies

Getting it right for ELs

Addressing the needs of English learners (ELs) can be complex, so this week’s FREE tool is a table to help you identify the potential difficulties you may encounter with literacy instruction for these students. From phonological awareness to comprehension, you’ll find guidance and tips for effective reading instruction along each step of the way. The tool comes from “English Language ...

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Write it & check it!

Writing teachers, are you looking for ways to foster independence in your young writing students? This week’s FREE tool is a writing checklist for students to use when composing narratives. Line items such as “I tried to use my 5 senses” and “I made sure that each sentence was a complete thought,” will help students check for creative and technical ...

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Talk about ELs

If you work with English learners (ELs), this week’s FREE tool is for you! ELs come to school from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a broad range of experiences. It’s important to recognize these differences and to also see the strengths of bilingualism. This week’s tool is a table detailing the different types of ELs—from simultaneous bilinguals to ...

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Less Stress = More Learning

The new school year is well underway! As tests and projects come due, and interim grades are distributed, student stress levels can rise. This week’s FREE tool is a set of breathing exercises designed to help students find the calm but alert state of mind they need to function best in school. The exercises are great for use with your ...

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Finding the right place

For some children, where they learn can be key to ensuring what they learn. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a checklist to aid in placement decision making. It will help you to literally check all the boxes as you consider the best placement for students with disabilities who are in the general education classroom. The table comes from ...

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Know Yourself

This week’s FREE tool is a table with self-reflection questions for co-teachers and other educators who are collaborating on behalf of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These questions will help you prepare for collaborative work by asking you to think about your feelings regarding things such as classroom management, grading, planning, and accommodations. The table comes from “A Guide ...

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Referrals made easy

School counselors are the super heroes of our schools. They wear many hats and play an integral role in creating the healthy school climate that matters so much to all students. To support school counselors in their special education related tasks, this week’s FREE tool is a nifty flow chart illustrating the school-based special education referral process. What happens once ...

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Crisis intervention done right

For any crisis situation, the best defense is a good plan. So this week’s FREE tool is a table that will help you evaluate crisis intervention programs. With this list of questions about how a program addresses triggers, de-escalation, restraint procedures, debriefing, and training, you’ll have the guidance you need to select the crisis intervention program that’s right for your ...

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The many shades of smart

With the rise of inclusive classrooms, teachers are looking for ways to reach the diverse learners in their classrooms. This week’s FREE tool is a table, Multiple Intelligences, which lists the different areas of strength a student might have along with descriptions of how each strength contributes to learning. The focus on strengths instead of deficits will help teachers see ...

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Teaching Word Problems

Calling all math teachers! With this week’s FREE tool, we’re tackling word problems. The tool is a table that breaks the process for solving word problems into five problem-solving steps. Steps are matched with potential challenges and suggested supports so you can help your students better understand the process. The table comes from CEC’s “Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic and ...

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