Strategies

A Guide to Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

This week’s free tool is a table for teachers who are implementing peer-mediated instruction in their classroom. The table, Strategies for Initiating and Maintaining Attention, lists strategies for use by peer mediators who are helping their classmates with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) initiate and maintain attention. Strategies such as talking through play can help peer mediators model desirable behaviors during ...

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Differentiating Instruction

This week’s FREE tool is a table to help you create a learning environment that is welcoming to all learners. With topics that range from clutter-free space to the problem of distracting smells and textures, this “Learning Environment Checklist” will walk you through the considerations for seating, classroom organization, and classroom climate so you can lay the groundwork for learning ...

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Bridging the Gap

Happy spring! The shift from winter to spring is a welcome one for most people, but the shift from arithmetic to algebra can be more challenging. This week’s FREE tool is a table, Disability-Related Learning Characteristics That Affect Learning Mathematics. As the title suggests, it describes particular learning difficulties and pairs them with explanations of how those difficulties might affect ...

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Recipe for Writing

Take the guess-work out of grading student writing with this week’s FREE tool! We have a one page grading rubric for you that will help you evaluate your students’ writing assignments fairly and consistently. Sections of the rubric will help you rate a student’s mastery of composition, style, sentences, usage, and mechanics. Use it to assign grades, apply it to ...

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The Many Functions of the IEP

For this week’s FREE tool, we’ve got something for the conference room wall. It’s a flow chart to help you keep track of the many functions of the IEP. The IEP is the central educational document for students with disabilities. It serves as a tool for: instruction, communication, management, accountability, and progress monitoring. This flow chart illustrates a big-picture view ...

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Social and Cognitive Aspects of Play

Did you hear about the new character on Sesame Street? The show recently introduced Julia, a Muppet who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). CEC is proud to be among the organizations who worked with Sesame Street to develop this character, and we’re excited about Julia because not only can she validate the experiences of the 1 in 68 children who ...

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Promoting Student Participation and Ownership of the IEP Process

This week’s FREE tool is a list we should all hang on our conference room walls: Promoting Student Participation and Ownership of the IEP Process. What better way to celebrate the fact we are right smack in the middle of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month than with a list of ways to put students with IEPs in the driver seat! This ...

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Classroom Routines & Procedures Checklist

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

The school year is well underway, so we’re wondering: Is your classroom running like a well-oiled machine? We hope so, but if not, this week’s FREE tool, a quick and fabulous checklist for Classroom Routines and Procedures, will help you restore order. Research tells us that clear and easy to follow classroom procedures are essential for a successful classroom experience. ...

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Writing Checklist for an Essay

This week’s FREE tool is a one-page checklist to help students grades 4-6 cook up great writing! Questions on the list will guide students during the editing process with reminders that range from style elements such as capitals and punctuation to content issues such as whether the essay answers the “who, what where, when, why and how” of the topic. ...

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Lesson Plans: Simple Machines & Motion

This week’s FREE tool is a back-to-school bonanza of information to get you and your students moving in the new school year. We’ve combined two complimentary science lesson plans about simple machines and motion. One of the plans introduces these topics through a work of fiction, and the other introduces the same topics through a work of nonfiction. Both lessons ...

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