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Today’s Agenda

This week’s Tool can help younger students or students who require nonverbal cues due to emerging reading skills to organize tasks by creating a daily picture schedule and reviewing the schedule frequently. This Tool of the Week comes from Tough to Reach, Tough to Teach: Students With Behavior Problems, Second Edition.

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Acceptable Reinforcers/Rewards

This week’s Tool provides teachers and parents with a list of acceptable reinforcers and rewards for students with disabilities. This Tool of the Week comes from When Behavior Makes Learning Hard: Positive Steps for Changing Student Behavior.

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Riding the School Bus

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan built around helping students learn school bus riding rules. Use these seven steps to guide you through teaching students the proper etiquette for riding the school bus. This Tool of the Week comes from Social Skills for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities.

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Questions for Reflective Planning for Diverse Student Needs

Not all students learn at the same pace. Use this week’s Tool for reflecting on and planning differentiated instruction in general education classrooms for students with diverse needs. This Tool of the Week comes from Adapting Reading and Math Materials for the Inclusive Classroom, Volume 2.

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Exploring Science with Literature with Fish is Fish

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan, including follow-up activities, that explores Leo Lionni’s book, Fish is Fish, which highlights scientific ideas within literacy. Organized around Bloom’s Taxonomy to support a range of thinking levels and to scaffold learning, the Science & Literature Collection materials incorporating 32 popular children’s books can enable a teacher to create a higher-level thinking environment ...

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Transition to Preschool

This week’s Tool offers steps for families to take during the transition to preschool for children with disabilities. This Tool of the Week comes from Autism Spectrum Disorders: Family, Community, Social Skills, and Behavior: A Collection of Articles from TEACHING Exceptional Children.

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Exploring Science with Literature with The First Strawberries

This week’s Tool is a lesson plan, including follow-up activities, that explores Joseph Bruchac’s book, The First Strawberries, which highlights scientific ideas within literacy. Organized around Bloom’s Taxonomy to support a range of thinking levels and to scaffold learning, the Science & Literature Collection materials incorporating 32 popular children’s books can enable a teacher to create a higher-level thinking environment ...

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Disability Services Research Forms

The college search and application process can raise questions for all students, but student with disabiltiies may have even more considerations in choosing which schools to apply to. This week’s Tool helps students research college disability services–knowing what questions to ask and what information to gather as they research colleges or transition to the college environment and need accommodations. This ...

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Welcome to CEC’s Tool of the Week!

Every job is easier when you have the right tools. CEC’s Tool of the Week is a free resource designed to support you in your special education practice. Subscribe today and you’ll find your free tool in your inbox every Monday morning. While all Tools of the Week are intended for you to take and use now, we hope you’ll ...

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About CEC’s Tool of the Week

Welcome to Tool of the Week, CEC’s special education resource destination! This site is designed to make your work easier and support you in your practice. Subscribe today and you’ll find your free tool in your inbox every Monday morning.    Tool of the Week is a service of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), an international community of professionals who are ...

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