Inform yourself about curriculum strategies and classroom management for students with different learning needs. We have resources on everything you need to know about teaching special needs students effectively. You'll find information for teaching students with ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, Giftedness, and Handicaps. We'll help you figure out ways to create an inclusive classroom, adapt and supplement your classroom materials, make assessment accommodations, and provide you with other useful tips.

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Printables
Choose from our list of printables to help you with special needs students. Includes charts to track behavior management, planning for diverse students, accommodations checklist and for IEPs, and adaptations to help with disabled students.
Classroom Management & Discipline
Our collection of Classroom Management and Discipline resources will help new teachers as well as veteran teachers. Includes references with guidance for managing disruptive behavior, characteristics of effective behavior managers, and much more.
Assessment Accommodation
With these resources, you will be guided through principles of assessment accommodation and provided a checklist, as well as preparing for IEPs, designing and implementing portfolio assessments, and more.
Resources for English-Language Learners
Guidelines and resources for teaching English Language Learners and insuring they are involved in classroom activities are provided to help, not only the new teacher, but the veteran teacher as well.
Behavior Modification
Teachers are provided resources and suggestions for modifying behavior when needed and to help with various classroom and social situations.
Educational Technology
Adaptations and suggestions are provided to teachers concerning the use of different educational technology tools to assist students or as assessment accommodation tools.
Gifted Students
Tips for teachers of gifted students in a regular classroom who need differentiation are provided, as well as a composite list of typical characteristics to identify and teach disabled/gifted students.
ADD/ADHD Resources
Browse through our extensive list of resources on ADD/ADHD to find what you need. Topics included are suggestions for modifications, criteria to help identify ADD or ADHD students and suggestions to provide them with educational support, planning differentiated lessons, and much more.
Autism & Asperger's Resources
Use our resources to choose the best approach for teaching students with Autism or Asperger's in your classroom. Resources include matching social interaction to the needs of your students, peer tutoring, and direct skill instruction.
Learning & Developmental Disabilities
Various techniques, tips, and suggestions for teaching emotionally and behaviorally challenged students are included in these resources, such as, using stories about children with disabilities to teach others, and proactive tips and effective techniques in your classroom.
Resources for Mental Health & Wellness
Help students with disabilities, as well as those without disabilities, prepare for and cope with natural or man-made disasters, and the grief that could come as a result with these resources.
Resources for Reading & Language Arts
Choose from these resources to extend your students' learning. Includes activities to improve reading skills, principles to help make reading adaptations in an inclusive classroom, and more.
Mathematics Resources
Classroom atmosphere and time management are critical aspects of teaching. These resources include ways to manage time effectively and to promote a positive disposition in students towards math, as well as ways to adapt the math curriculum for special needs students.
Science Resources
Use these resources to teach students about those without vision and the Seeing Eye Dogs who help them. Students will practice writing skills such as writing from another's perspective.
Social Studies
Our collections of resources will help enhance your teaching strategies by having students read, learn, and ultimately write a story about the Great Wall of China and more.
Resources for Handicapped Students
Help socially competent and normally hearing students interact with autistic or deaf students in the classroom and social settings with these resources and guidelines.
Teaching Methodology
New teachers and veteran teachers alike will enjoy these resources. Includes information about how an inclusion classroom works, strategies to help you teach effectively, and information on how collaboration between general education and special education teachers is vital.

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Empathize: Imagine Losing an Ability

Imagine Losing an Ability printable from MakeBeliefsComix.com

FutureFit Extension Activities

Get Real

(10-15 minutes, LEGO pieces, timers):
Working in pairs, give students 5-6 similarly shaped LEGO pieces but in different sizes. Ask them to time each other putting the pieces in order from largest to smallest. Then, ask them to do the same activity without looking (they can do it behind their backs, under a box lid or inside an empty desk). When they are finished, have them write a short answer essay on the challenges they faced during the activity.

Summer Reading for Teachers

Joey Pigza Swalled the Key
Looking for a great book to read at the beach or for several to recommend to your summer book club? Check out this slideshow of fiction and non-fiction books. It contains summer reading suggestions for teachers who are interested in reading for pleasure or professional development. All quoted reviews are from Amazon.com.

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Medal Winners

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Collaboration in Today's Math Classroom

Collaboration in Today's Math Classroom

During a staff development meeting of first-year teachers in January, Angela Smith, Joseph Lopez, and Chris Johnson met again to compare experiences. They all agreed that mathematics classes today are not like their own experiences in school. "We had to sit in rows, not speak, and solve long algorithms exactly like the teacher modeled," shared Chris.

"Our third-grade teacher took away free time if we could not pass the timed one-minute fluency tests," complained Angela.

High-Stakes Testing & Implications for Students with Learning Problems

High-Stakes Testing & Implications for Students with Learning Problems

Today's elementary and secondary students are undergoing more mandated assessments than any group in the history of education in the United States. In 2001, forty-nine states required statewide assessments in mathematics, as compared with forty-five in 1994 and thirty-four states in 1984 (CCSSO, 2002). The outcomes of these measures have more implications for the students, teachers, schools, and districts than ever before.

Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum

Scope of the Mathematics Curriculum

Vocabulary Lesson

Conjectures are estimations based on education or experience. A mathematical argument is a connected series of statements (premises) intended to support another statement (conclusion).

National Mathematics Standards

National Mathematics Standards

Leadership in reorienting reform efforts to focus on curriculum, instruction, and assessment standards for mathematics was provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in 1986 when it established the Commission on Standards for School Mathematics and involved all constituent groups in the development of national standards (Romberg, 1993). The Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics were published in 1989, the Professional Teaching Standards in 1991, and Assessment Standards for School Mathematics in 1995.