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Book Report Checklist

Use this week’s Tool to outline the organization and steps needed for students to complete a book report. This Tool of the Week comes from Tough to Reach, Tough to Teach: Students With Behavior Problems, Second Edition.

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Guidelines for Secondary Interventions in Reading Instruction

This week’s Tool offers a student self assessment and behavior evaluation. Use this week’s Tool to promote student achievement and parent involvement. This Tool of the Week comes from Responsiveness to Intervention: A Collection of Articles From TEACHING Exceptional Children.

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Dialing My Home Phone Number

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan for teachers to help elementary students learn to dial their phone numbers, a valuable skill in case of emergencies. This Tool of the Week comes from Getting Around Town: Teaching Community Mobility Skills to Students With Disabilities..

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Exploring Science: Sticky Fingers

This week’s Tool is a family science activity that explores the properties and composition of matter through collecting data, communicating, experimenting, interpreting data, observing, predicting, and more. The Family Science Packets are organized around key science concepts that are aligned with the National Science Education Standards and are composed of two major sections: Teacher Notes and Family Science Activity. This ...

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Opportunities to Enhance Self-Determination

This week’s tool, “Opportunities to Enhance Self-Determination” focuses on the need for students to become self-determined through direct, explicit instruction, and gain confidence with practice and support. Time is of the essence to develop self-determination skills when students are in high school; these skills are essential for employment and postsecondary success. This Tool of the Week comes from Integrating Transition ...

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All About Me

This week’s tool offers a structure for appreciating similarities and differences in personal thought processes between you and your collaborative team members. It can be shared orally or in a written format but to be effective, time must be provided for discussion of the responses. This Tool of the Week comes from Collaborate Smart: Practical Strategies and Tools for Educators.

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Developing Communication Skills

This week’s Tool helps students who are preparing for college understand that communication involves not only what they say, but how they say it, to whom, and when. Colleges expect students to handle all aspects of their lives on campus without assistance from their parents. Students need to be prepared to speak for themselves on a variety of fronts. Parents ...

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ADA Amendments Act Impact on Student 504 Eligibility

The intricate definition of a physical or mental impairment impacts the implementation of Section 504 for school counselors and school staff. This Tool of the Week provides examples of the impact of the law in different areas of student eligibility. This Tool of the Week comes from What School Counselors Need to Know About Special Education and Students With Disabilities ...

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Reading the Prompt and Brainstorming

Use this week’s Tool to help students understand the steps of the writing process–from understanding the writing prompt to writing an essay. This Tool of the Week comes from Recipe for Writing Teacher’s Manual Revised.

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Expectations Within Routines and Settings

This week’s Tool offers a checklist of expectations within a student’s routine–helpful for setting up a reinforcement system. Teachers can use the whole checklist or parts of it to show a student’s his exceptations or where he succeeded that day, week, etc. This Tool of the Week comes from Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: A Collection of Articles from TEACHING ...

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