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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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Diamond, Lindsay Lile; Hsiao, Yun-Ju – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
This article introduces a center-based direct instruction lesson using picture-based situation cards paired with a problem-solving poster that teachers can implement within the classroom to proactively teach the skill of problem-solving to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Decision Making, Preschool Children, Visual Aids
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Chang, Ya-Chih; Shire, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
This article provides practitioners with a guide to (1) understand the developmental emergence of play skills in young children to inform developmentally appropriate instructional decisions (e.g., toy choices); (2) set up the play space to support social play; and (3) use key strategies from an evidence-based intervention for young children with…
Descriptors: Play, Evidence Based Practice, Intervention, Autism
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Roberts, Garrett J.; Solis, Michael; Chance, Becky – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
The research illustrated throughout this article supports the cycle of creating reading and behavior goals, monitoring of goals, and reflecting on goals to improve future goals. This article provides examples of how teachers of small-group reading interventions can incorporate these brief and targeted self-regulation interventions as part of…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Reading Instruction, Intervention, Small Group Instruction