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McDowell, Carol – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2010
Music-education majors often struggle when making classroom and curricular modifications for their lesson plans during their university coursework. This article offers behavioral, curricular, environmental, motivational, organizational, and presentational strategies for planning instruction for various disabilities in the music classroom.…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Music Education, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development
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Guardino, Caroline A.; Fullerton, Elizabeth – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
This case study explores the possibility of affecting classroom behaviors by modifying the classroom environment. Although this type of research previously has been conducted in self-contained special education classrooms (Guardino, 2009), this is the first study to explore modifications in an inclusive classroom. The results of this study align…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Classroom Environment, Behavior Modification, Student Behavior
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Gongola, Leah C.; Daddario, Rosemarie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
The use of interventions to create behavior change among students with disabilities has an extended and complex history (Horner et al., 2005). Practitioners involved in the field of special education often debate best practices from an immense array of available interventions (Heflin & Simpson, 1998). Service providers express concern about…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Disabilities, Reinforcement, Ethics
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Simpson, Cynthia G.; Gaus, Mark D.; Biggs, Mary Jo Garcia; Williams, James, Jr. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
In this article, James Williams, a young man with Asperger's syndrome (AS) shares his experiences taking physical education in a generalized education setting and discusses the implications for students with AS. He was diagnosed with AS when he was 9 years old. School was tough at times, especially when social interactions came into play. One of…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Asperger Syndrome, Special Needs Students, Mainstreaming
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Rossetti, Zachary S.; Goessling, Deborah P. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
Much has been written on the roles and responsibilities of paraeducators in inclusive classrooms related to instruction, behavioral support, and their supervision by general and special educators. Paraeducators are defined as school support staff who work under the direction of a certified teacher and assist students with instruction,…
Descriptors: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Friendship, Special Education Teachers
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Jenkins, Amelia A.; Yoshimura, Jodi – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
Today's teachers face many challenges, and one of their most challenging tasks is to meet the needs of and support the success of a diverse group of students, including those with disabilities. How confident are elementary teachers in meeting the needs of the students with disabilities in their general education classes? In areas of low…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Special Education, Special Needs Students
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Garrett, Tracy D.; O'Connor, Dava – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
Roberta, an inclusive kindergarten teacher, and Rajan, an intermediate self-contained classroom teacher, were having a similar conversation with the reading coach who serves their schools. "One research-based strategy for engaging your students in meaningful rereading of texts is readers' theater," said the literacy coach. "Not only…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Learning Disabilities, Theaters, Word Recognition
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Dukes, Charles; Lamar-Dukes, Pamela – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
In order to help teachers understand the importance of intentional design for inclusive education, this article describes the design process an engineer might use when designing a new project. If teachers learn to think like engineers, it is possible for them to design inclusive education. This conceptual design can then be combined with…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Figurative Language, Secondary Schools, Teaching Methods
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Doyle, Mary Beth; Giangreco, Michael F. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
As students with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities transition from inclusive elementary and middle schools to high schools, they deserve similar opportunities for inclusive educational experiences at this next level--namely to participate in general education classes and other activities (e.g., co-curricular) with their classmates…
Descriptors: High Schools, Mental Retardation, Special Education Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Bateman, David F. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
William is 9 years of age, residing with his parent within the boundaries of an unnamed district ("the District"). As a student with autism he is eligible for special education programming and services. There was one issue presented for this due process hearing: What was the appropriate program and placement for him for the 2008-2009 school year?…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Neighborhood Schools, Civil Rights, Autism
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Childre, Amy; Sands, Jennifer R.; Pope, Saundra Tanner – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
Curriculum design is at the center of developing student ability to construct understanding. Without appropriately designed curriculum, instruction can be ineffective at scaffolding understanding. Often students with disabilities need more explicit instruction or guidance in applying their schema to new information. Thus, instruction must not only…
Descriptors: Memorization, Inclusive Schools, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Causton-Theoharis, Julie N. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
Inclusion is a way of thinking--a deeply held belief that all children, regardless of ability or disability, are valued members of the school and classroom community. Inclusive classrooms are places where all students "are integral members of classrooms, feel a connection to their peers, have access to rigorous and meaningful general education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy
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VanSciver, James H.; Conover, Virginia A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2009
With the pressure of No Child Left Behind and state-ordered accountability initiatives building, local educators' angst with the challenges of documenting improvement on the part of special education students, as a function of their performance on high stakes content assessments, continues to grow. One major tool used to identify academic needs…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Special Education, Accountability
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Koenig, Kristie P.; Bleiweiss, Jamie; Brennan, Susan; Cohen, Shirley; Siegel, Dorothy E. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
The rate of children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has risen dramatically, to an estimated 1 in 150 children. Under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), children with ASD are entitled to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. To ensure this, school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Autism, Disabilities, Public Education
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Learned, Julie E.; Dowd, Michael V.; Jenkins, Joseph R. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
The "highly qualified" teaching credential required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is forcing new models of secondary special education service delivery. One effect has been a reduction in special education content classes and a concomitant increase in co-teaching. In one teaching arrangement, "instructional…
Descriptors: Assignments, Student Attitudes, Federal Legislation, Negative Attitudes
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