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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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Strickland, Tricia K. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2016
Recent research has explored the efficacy of the CRA-I (concrete-representational-abstract) strategy with students with disabilities (Strickland & Maccini, 2012, 2013). The CRA-I strategy is a promising practice that special educators have used to teach algebra to students with high-incidence disabilities. The CRA-I strategy is a modification…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Disabilities
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Carter, Erik W.; Moss, Colleen K.; Asmus, Jennifer; Fesperman, Ethan; Cooney, Molly; Brock, Matthew E.; Lyons, Gregory; Huber, Heartley B.; Vincent, Lori B. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2015
Ensuring students with severe disabilities access the rich relationship and learning opportunities available within general education classrooms is an important--but challenging--endeavor. Although one-to-one paraprofessionals often accompany students in inclusive classrooms and provide extensive assistance, the constant presence of an adult can…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Peer Teaching
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Jones, Sarah R. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2012
Adolescents with learning disabilities need explicit supports to improve their written expression, but those structures and supports are best utilized in an environment that promotes authentic writing resembling the writing students will produce in adult life and work. Classroom blogs may offer special educators an authentic context for writing…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Special Education Teachers
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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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Morrissey, Kelly L.; Bohanon, Hank; Fenning, Pamela – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2010
Schools are changing rapidly, and the pressure is on to find ways to effectively support the growing diversity of student needs found in general education classrooms. Urban high schools, which serve students of diverse backgrounds, are in dire need of proactive approaches to discipline that will support student behavior rather than remove them…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Needs, Student Behavior, Discipline
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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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Regan, Kelley S. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2009
Teacher preparation programs provide preservice teachers with evidence-based teaching strategies, skills of behavior management, and various field experiences. The greatest learning however, is acquired the very first year of instruction in the teacher's own classroom. Teaching students with emotional and/or behavioral disorders (EBD) may prove to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, High Achievement, Behavior Disorders, Field Experience Programs
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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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Connor, David J.; Bickens, Sarah; Bittman, Fran – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2009
The urban inclusive high school classroom is a challenge for both students with disabilities and their teachers. Pressure is intensified when a year long course of study ends in a mandated state examination in English Language Arts, required for student graduation. This article highlights the experiences of two teachers in a New York City…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Classics (Literature), Special Education Teachers, Creative Teaching
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Mancil, G. Richmond; Pearl, Cynthia E. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2008
One way to improve engagement and ensure motivation for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during academics is to use restricted interests in instruction and activities. Embedding these interests into the curriculum can motivate the student with ASD to attempt tasks that were previously less preferred or difficult. This article…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Learner Engagement, Student Motivation
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Combes, Bertina H.; Walker, Michelle; Harrell, Pamela Esprivalo; Tyler-Wood, Tandra – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2008
Public speaking will continue to be an unsettling experience for some students, including those with disabilities. Experts have suggested several reasons for fearing public speaking; adequate preparation and practice can alleviate most of them. Using the PAVES (Posture, Attitude, Voice, Eye Contact, Smile) strategy described in this article can…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Nonverbal Communication, Intervention, Disabilities
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Harris, Lindsay A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2007
Literacy is an increasingly important factor as schools focus on improving student achievement. Literacy skills in reading and writing are critical components needed for both access to the general curriculum and for successful academic achievement. A key component of reading and writing is word identification, a skill deficit for many adolescent…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Spelling, Learning Disabilities, Phonemic Awareness
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Connor, David J.; Lagares, Christopher – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
Most high school teachers are concerned about the potential risk of student dropout, a phenomenon that has remained steady at approximately 14% since 1987 (National Center for Education Statistics, 2001). However, as Blackorby and Wagner (1996) note, the likelihood of high school dropout is significantly greater if a student is labeled as learning…
Descriptors: High Schools, Dropouts, Secondary School Teachers, Individualized Instruction
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Parsons, Lynn D. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2006
Many students with disabilities have difficulty acquiring social skills, especially those necessary for employment. Students with autism struggle because of problems with (1) theory of mind; (2) reading facial expressions; (3) auditory processing problems; and (4) a lack of exposure to social conventions. Virtual reality and video have been used…
Descriptors: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Video Technology, Secondary School Students
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