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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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Forbringer, Linda L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2007
Special educators frequently provide consultation for parents and general education teachers who are struggling to manage student behavior. One intervention often discussed is the use of rewards to increase student motivation. While research has shown that well-designed incentive systems can provide an effective intervention, poorly designed…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Intervention, Incentives, Rewards
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Parette, Howard P., Jr.; Crowley, E. Paula; Wojcik, Brian W. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2007
The academic and social demands of school and classroom environments place unique demands on students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). Assistive technologies provide a resource that largely remains untapped in the management of behaviors. This article outlines four tips teachers may use as they select from an array of assistive…
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Educational Technology, Assistive Technology, Emotional Disturbances
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Anderson, Katherine L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2007
Described in this article are outcomes, procedures, and suggestions for incorporating a dog into a classroom for students with emotional or behavioral disorders. First, the outcomes for the inclusion of a dog are presented and are reported from an empirical study conducted by the author. Next, details are provided on how teachers would initially…
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Self Contained Classrooms, Animals, Disabilities
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Simpson, Cynthia G.; Spencer, Vicky G.; Button, Robin; Rendon, Sylvia – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2007
There is a national movement underway to assist teachers in connecting the ideas and practices found in multicultural, general, and special education (Sobel & Taylor, 2006, p.29). In particular, educators are seeking innovative ways to implements general education practices with students with low incidence disabilities. This article describes the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Needs, Autism, Reading Skills
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Patel, Pooja; Laud, Leslie E. – TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2007
This study evaluated the use of songs with lyrics to increase the reading fluency rates of three middle school students. In the first condition, students heard fluent reading modeled, read regular passages repeatedly and then received feedback on accuracy, phrasing and expression. After that, students received the same intervention, except that…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Singing, Reading Fluency, Teaching Methods
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Causton-Theoharis, Julie N.; Giangreco, Michael F.; Doyle, Mary Beth; Vadasy, Patricia F. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
A primary responsibility of general and special educators is to teach students how to read. In inclusive classrooms, paraprofessionals are frequently utilized to support literacy instruction. Paraprofessionals can be employed to help improve the reading skills of students with disabilities and those who are considered at risk. This article…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Literacy, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction
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Konrad, Moira; Helf, Shawnna; Itoi, Madoka – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
To promote student success, both in school and beyond, teachers must not only address academic skill development but also help their students become self-determined individuals. The importance of self-determination is implicit in special education legislation. Findings from postschool outcome studies also support the inclusion of…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Academic Achievement, Disabilities
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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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Ganz, Jennifer B. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
Visual scripts and related educational strategies such as video modeling and social script narratives provide visual or auditory cues to promote communication and social skills in children with disabilities. Visual scripts are particularly useful for teachers who work with children with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Cues, Learning Disabilities, Language Skills
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Saddler, Bruce; Preschern, Jennifer – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
Creating well constructed sentences is challenging for most writers. For less skilled writers, including writers with learning disabilities (LD), it can be even more difficult. These writers generally produce less syntactically complex sentences that contain more grammatical errors. They may also produce sentences that are shorter; have higher…
Descriptors: Sentences, Spelling, Learning Disabilities, Writing Skills
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Garcia, Tamara – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
As a special education teacher, locating effective techniques for improving and tracking her students' reading progress became an ongoing task. During the author's first year in that role, she realized immediately that finding an effective approach for improving reading was crucial for her students. A professor introduced her peers and her to…
Descriptors: Curriculum Based Assessment, Disabilities, Miscue Analysis, Reading Processes
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Keller, Cassandra L.; Bucholz, Jessica; Brady, Michael P. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
Paraprofessionals are an important part of the instructional team for students with disabilities. The primary job duties for most paraprofessionals included making copies, monitoring students during lunch, and taking attendance. Today, their jobs look more like those of teachers: Paraprofessionals help with instructional tasks and sometimes teach…
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Learning Strategies, Disabilities, Team Teaching
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Richards, Heraldo V.; Brown, Ayanna F.; Forde, Timothy B. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
As more and more students from diverse backgrounds populate 21st century classrooms and efforts mount to identify effective methods to teach these students, the need for pedagogical approaches that are culturally responsive intensifies. Today's classrooms require teachers to educate students varying in culture, language, abilities, and many other…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Teaching Methods, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Pluralism
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Banda, Devender R.; Matuszny, Rose Marie; Turkan, Sultan – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2007
Video modeling (VM) is one of the strategies that may help teachers increase appropriate behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Children with ASD exhibit deficits in the areas of communication, socialization, behavior, and other life skills. Teachers need strategies that are evidence-based to improve these skills in…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Models, Video Technology
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