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Kearns, Devin M.; Whaley, Victoria M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Learning to read English is more difficult than in most other alphabetic languages. It sometimes seems there are not reliable rules for linking letters with sounds. Teaching students all of the letter patterns they may find in texts is no simple task. Students struggle processing the sounds in words, so even words with simple spellings are…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Reading Skills, Spelling, Memory
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Spear-Swerling, Louise – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Structured Literacy (SL) approaches are often recommended for students with dyslexia and other poor decoders (e.g., International Dyslexia Association, 2017). Examples of SL approaches include the Wilson Reading System (Wilson, 1988), Orton-Gillingham (Gillingham & Stillman, 2014), the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (Lindamood &…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities
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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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Mahoney, Michael W. M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
An increasing number of students with ASD receive special education services within secondary general education settings (Snyder, de Brey, & Dillow, 2018). Given that secondary teachers instruct multiple classes throughout the day, it is becoming more likely that general educators will have students with ASD in their classes and be responsible…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Peer Teaching, Teaching Methods
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Morano, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Retrieval practice may be a good fit for the needs of students with learning disability (LD) because it improves academic performance by strengthening memory (Roediger & Butler, 2011). Memory deficits are a central characteristic of LD and are linked to performance in both academic and cognitive areas (Toffalini, Giofrè, & Cornoldi, 2017).…
Descriptors: Recall (Psychology), Retention (Psychology), Transfer of Training, Students with Disabilities
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Curtiss, Sarah L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
The United States has a long, complicated history with sex education as, often, different stakeholders advocate dissimilar educational frameworks (Irvine, 2004). Although controversies remain in defining the boundaries of sex education, there is a movement both nationally and internationally to define sex education comprehensively (Haberland &…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sex Education, Teaching Methods, Educational History
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Powell, Sarah R.; Fuchs, Lynn S. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Many general and special education teachers teach mathematics word problems by defining problems as a single operation and linking key words to specific operations. Unfortunately, teaching students to approach word problems in these ways discourages mathematical reasoning and frequently produces incorrect answers. This article lists eight common…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving
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Walker, Jennifer D.; Barry, Colleen – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Social skills instruction (SSI) provides a promising avenue for teaching and promoting positive social interactions to students with high-incidence disabilities. Within SSI, a distinction can be made between social skills and social competence. Social skills are specific behaviors one must perform correctly within a specific social context or…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Skill Development, Social Development, Interaction
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Collins, Belva C.; Lo, Ya-yu; Park, Gwitaek; Haughney, Kathryn – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Response-prompting procedures are a form of systematic direct instruction based on the principles of ABA. Researchers have identified six specific and distinct response-prompting procedures for teaching both academic and functional skills: (1) graduated guidance; (2) most-to-least prompting; (3) system of least prompts; (4) progressive time delay;…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Prompting, Direct Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Phillips, Lauren A.; Briggs, Adam M.; Fisher, Wayne W.; Greer, Brian D. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Elopement occurs when an individual runs away from or leaves a supervised area. Elopement is a dangerous behavior that requires diligence from school personnel in order to effectively reduce its occurrence. Using a step-by-step process to identify the reasons goal-directed elopement occurs and then implementing an intervention to effectively teach…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Intervention, Behavior Modification
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Collins, Lauren W.; Fulton, Lori – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Students with high-incidence disabilities (SWDs) experience academic challenges in multiple content areas (U.S. Department of Education, 2014). With growing recognition of the importance of science education in preparing students to be well-rounded, global learners in the 21st century, it is crucial that SWDs receive supports for succeeding in a…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Writing (Composition), Content Area Writing, Student Journals
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Ewoldt, Kathy B.; Morgan, Joseph John – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
A commonly used method for supporting the writing of students with learning disabilities (LD), graphic organizers have been shown to effectively support instruction for students with LD in a variety of content areas (Dexter & Hughes, 2011). Students with LD often struggle with the process of developing their ideas into organized sentences; the…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials
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Scruggs, Thomas E.; Mastropieri, Margo A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2017
Beginning special education teachers today are highly likely to be asked to co-teach with general education teachers at some point in their career. Besides supporting their students, new special education teachers may be tasked with persuading their colleagues to try out both new methods of collaboration and unfamiliar models of instructional…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Team Teaching
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