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Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers, Grades 6-12

Common-Sense Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers, Grades 6-12

June 2007 | 160 pages | Corwin
Praise for the companion volume for grades K-5:'A great resource for new teachers and veterans . . . full of tips and ideas that any teacher can use to prevent problems from occurring. Should be in every special education classroom.' ùTherese Kwiatkowski, Director of Special Education, Cooperative Educational Service Agency 'As a former special education teacher, I highly recommend this book for all those who want to be more effective in every aspect of their work. All of the special education teachers at my school will have copies of this practical guide.'ùMarybeth Sandvig, Principal, Manitoba K-8 School, Milwaukee, WI This practical guide is for novice special education teachers or for experienced teachers who are new to special education.áThe authorsácover some of the most critical challenges these teachers face, including specially designed instruction, legal responsibilities, positive behavioral supports, and working with co-teachers, teacher assistants, families, support staff, administrators, and others within the school community.This useful book offers 80 clear, concise, well-organized, teacher-tested, and easy-to-access strategies, each involving five or fewer points and none requiring extensive pre-planning prior to implementation. Ideas are presented in a no-nonsense format designed to help the special educator feel competent, organized, and well prepared. There are no statistics, theories, or in-depth literature reviews, but special education teachers can count on finding a clear-sighted focus on shaping the structure of their teaching day to ensure that learners with special needs, as well as general education learners, succeed in their classrooms.
About the Authors
1. Getting Organized
Student Information

Supplies and Materials

Your Desk and Surrounding Areas

Forms and Schedules

Room Arrangement

Wall Displays

2. Organizing Students
Preparing for Class

Storage Systems

Daily Oganizational Strategies

Routines and Rules

Peer Buddies

3. Delivery of Special Education Services
Determining Level of Educational Services for Students With Academic Disabilities

Determining Level of Support for Students With Behavioral Challenges

Providing Educational Services

Developing Your Schedule to Support Students

Sharing Student Information

Providing Services to Students With Disabilities Through Collaboration

Special Education Instructional Planning

4. Positive Behavioral Supports
Classroom Management and Coteaching

Providing Indirect Behavioral Support to Students Within the Inclusive Classroom

Managing Behavior in the Special Education Classroom

Addressing Individual Student Behavior Challenges

Managing Special Education Classrooms Designed for Students With Extremely Challenging Behavior

Tokens of Recognition and Other Fabulous Prizes

Activity Reinforcers

Backup Plans for Students Not Earning the Incentive


When You Must Discipline

Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan

Conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment

Developing a Behavior Intervention Plan

5. General Education Instructional Planning
Your Involvement in the General Education Classroom

Planning for Academic Success

Planning for Behavioral Success

Grading Students With Disabilities

Coteaching and Co-planning

6. Specially Designed Instruction
Implementing the IEP

Finding Appropriate Materials

Individualized Work

The IEP and Assistive Technology

Using Assistive Technology as a Learning Support

Learning Strategies

Transition Planning

Transition Planning for Students Bound for Postsecondary Education

Instruction in Behavior

7. Legal Issues
Changes to the IEP Process as Required by IDEIA


Student and Parent Rights

Transfer of Rights

Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plan

Manifestation Determination

8. Working With Families
Before You Contact Families . . .

Establishing and Maintaining a Positive Relationship

IEP Meetings

Parent Conferences


Assistance From School Support Staff

9. Working With Support Staff
The IEP and Support Staff Involvement

Support From the Special Education Administrative Staff

Support From the School Psychologist

Support From the School Social Worker

Support From the Guidance Counselor

Support From Transition Service Providers

Other Support Staff

10.Working With Teacher Assistants
Making a Schedule


Presenting a United Front

Assigning Responsibilities

Discussing Concerns

11. Working With Administration
Understanding Your Principal's View of Special Education in Your School

Communicating With Your Principal

Principal Observations and Evaluations

Professional Development

What Is a Professional Learning Community?

12. Working Within Your School Community
Becoming Part of the Team

Teacher Buddies and Mentors

To Socialize or Not to Socialize

The Teachers' Room

Ask for Help, Offer to Help

Other Supports for New Teachers

Suggested Readings

"Uses humor while providing straight forward suggestions for the new teacher. User friendly with pertinent information and resources for the new teacher."

Kathy Amacher, Special Education Teacher
Franklin Middle School, Geneva, IL

"As I read, I kept thinking to myself just how appropriate the title was. The book is a compilation of just what it says—common-sense solutions and suggestions. I liked the chapter titles because I knew exactly what would be in each chapter."

Jo Bellanti, Director of Special Education
Shelby County Schools, Bartlett, TN

"Teachers will love the straight forward, practical information. The topics and strategies are excellent."

Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education
Towson University, MD

"Practical information is presented in a clear-cut, easy-to-read format."

Toby Karten, Resource Center Teacher
Manalpan Englishtown Regional Schools , NJ

"Provides great insight for developing and organizing your overall daily routine, planning, and teaching."

Mariann C. Carter, NBPTS Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist
Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children, Columbia, SC

"Reflects what I've experienced in my co-teaching with three different experienced special education teachers. Reading the chapters on 'Legal Issues' and 'Working with Support Staff' gave me a new appreciation for the amount of out-of-classroom activities for which a special education teacher is responsible."

Patricia Waller, Secondary Special Education Teacher
Emmaus High School, PA

"Serves as a good resource for the teacher who may be struggling with an aspect of classroom management and is seeking new strategies."

Sandra E. Archer, NBCT, Special Education Teacher
Volusia County Schools, Ormond Beach, FL

"The authors' ability to collaboratively pinpoint current classroom issues and offer direct problem-solving approaches is impressive. This easy-to-implement resource with its organized chapter outlines and well-crafted format are flexible and adaptable to any grade, subject, or ability level. Abounds with suggestions to assist the educator in creating a positive classroom atmosphere."

Erin Ann Witty, Special Education Teacher
Milwaukee Public Schools, Project Stay, WI

"A valuable reference for any special education teacher. With a focus on classroom management, the guide covers all aspects of teaching from paperwork to professional relationships. New and veteran teachers will find useful tips and indispensable resources to improve their practice and enrich their learning."

Peggy Holtman, Special Education Supervisor
Milwaukee Public Schools, WI

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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