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Rodgers, Wendy J.; Weiss, Margaret P. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Nearly 63% of students with disabilities are included in general education classrooms for some part of their day, and at the high school level, 79% participate in state reading and math assessments (U.S. Department of Education, 2016). Middle and high school classes pose particular challenges because, unlike elementary classrooms, they are usually…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Team Teaching, Disabilities, General Education
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Powell, Sarah R.; Stevens, Elizabeth A.; Hughes, Elizabeth M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Many educators use informal math language to make the content more accessible for middle school students, yet this use of informal language may have unintended consequences. Informal language may hinder students' development of a deep math lexicon and understanding of concepts and procedures across grade levels. Becoming proficient with math…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Language Usage
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Swanson, Elizabeth; Stevens, Elizabeth A.; Wexler, Jade – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Students in middle school social studies classes are expected to learn content through text. Unfortunately, many students, particularly those with disabilities, struggle to comprehend grade-level texts (NCES, 2017). Implementing high-quality, text-based discussions is no easy task, yet it provides a way to support students with disabilities in the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Disabilities, Middle School Students, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Capin, Philip; Vaughn, Sharon – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Significant numbers of adolescents and young adults do not adequately understand complex texts, impeding their school success, access to postsecondary learning, and opportunities within an increasingly competitive work environment. National data (National Assessment of Educational Progress [NAEP], 2015) have shown improvements among fourth- and…
Descriptors: Reading Improvement, Social Studies, Reading Difficulties, Reading Comprehension
Fuchs, Lynn S.; Fuchs, Douglas; Malone, Amelia S. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
This article describes the Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity, which articulates seven principles for evaluating and building intervention intensity based upon research. The Taxonomy's seven dimensions of intensity are strength, dosage, alignment, attention to transfer, comprehensiveness, behavioral support, and individualization (see Table 1). In…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Behavior Problems, Case Studies, Difficulty Level
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Leko, Melinda M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Maximizing the effectiveness of evidence-based practices (EBPs) requires an optimal balance of implementation fidelity and adaptation so EBPs fit local contexts and meet the individual learning needs of students with disabilities. The framework for classifying adaptations presented in this article can help educators make decisions about whether…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Fidelity, Special Needs Students, Media Adaptation
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Currie-Rubin, Rachel; Smith, Sean J. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2014
Families choose to enroll their children in fully online schools for many reasons. Online schools offer the possibility of flexible schedules and the potential to learn at a pace and in a manner that is not available to students in their brick-and-mortar schools (Cavanaugh & Clark, 2007). Because online education can allow for individualized…
Descriptors: Family Role, Family Involvement, Online Courses, Electronic Learning
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Kern, Lee; Wehby, Joseph H. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2014
In an earlier article (EJ1058920), Lee Kern and Joseph H. Wehby identified the reasons and process for using adaptive intensive behavioral intervention. Kern and Wehby use this article to present a fictional example of how the intervention is applied. Isaac, a 12 year old, 7th grade student at Highland Middle School, had a history of behavior…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification, Intervention
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Cannella-Malone, Helen I.; Sabielny, Linsey M.; Jimenez, Eliseo D.; Miller, Megan M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2013
Research has demonstrated that people with significant intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities can indicate clear preferences through methodologically rigorous assessments. Once preferred items have been identified, they can be used to reinforce new behaviors, which can assist in the development of a meaningful learning experience.…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Evaluation Methods, Preferences, Student Needs
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Good, Chris P.; McIntosh, Kent; Gietz, Carmen – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2011
Bullying is often defined as unprovoked aggressive behavior repeatedly carried out against victims who are unable to defend themselves. Children and youth who engage in bullying behavior may have a physical advantage, higher social status, or power in numbers, whereas those who are targeted by bullies are likely to be solitary, smaller in stature,…
Descriptors: Social Status, Bullying, Aggression, Physical Disabilities
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Swedeen, Beth L.; Carter, Erik W.; Molfenter, Nancy – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
The general education curriculum comprises more than just the academic courses students take. The wide range of extracurricular clubs, sports teams, performing arts programs, student government positions, career development activities, service-learning projects, and other school-sponsored activities offered in middle and high schools provide a…
Descriptors: Multiple Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Transitional Programs, Severe Disabilities
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Hines, Sara J. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
Many adolescents, especially those with learning disabilities, lack basic word identification skills. Finding motivating instructional techniques to improve word-level reading skills is increasingly difficult as students move through the grades. One technique that holds promise in motivating adolescents involves using song lyrics from their…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Singing, Learning Disabilities, Adolescents
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Sileo, Jane M.; van Garderen, Delinda – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
Ms. Thomas, the general educator, and Ms. Merced, the special education teacher, plan to co-teach mathematics classes during the upcoming school year. Based on previous interactions with students and knowledge of students' abilities from school records, they know that several students, including students with disabilities, struggle with…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Mathematics Education, Learning Disabilities, Special Education Teachers
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Verden, Claire E.; Hickman, Peggy – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2009
This article describes a sixteen-week, read-aloud intervention conducted using culturally and experientially-relevant literature with six urban middle school youth with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), to facilitate prosocial skill development through opportunities for personal reflection and sharing through journaling and group…
Descriptors: Role Models, Intervention, Behavior Disorders, Skill Development
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Wolfe, Pamela S.; Condo, Bethany; Hardaway, Emily – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) has emerged as one of the most effective empirically based strategies for instructing individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Four ABA-based strategies that have been found effective are video modeling, visual strategies, social script fading, and task analysis. Individuals with ASD often struggle with…
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Autism, Task Analysis, Sexuality
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