Category Archives: Teaching

Top 10 Behavioral Interventions for Teachers

Teaching is a challenging profession that is even more stressful when faced with difficult student behaviors. Research supports the most important factor influencing behavior and classroom performance is a positive student/teacher relationship. This relationship, combined with a hefty dose of patience, is the foundation for implementing behavioral interventions that work.

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Preventing Bullying

Approximately 25% of children are affected by bullying at some point in their school careers. Bullying is a significant problem that can lead to negative self-esteem, depression, and increased risk of suicide. Bullying is not a normal part of growing up. Steps can be taken by school staff and parents to create an environment of […]

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Using DIBELS Data to Design Literacy Instruction

With the wide use of Response to Intervention, many school districts are using DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) assessments to identify students in need of interventions and monitor reading progress. DIBELS data can also be used to design effective literacy instruction to prevent reading difficulties.

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Selective Mutism

Selective mutism, formerly known as elective mutism, is an anxiety disorder in which children who are capable of speech in certain settings, have other environments in which speaking does not occur. Most children show significant improvement with early intervention and typically begin speaking in all settings within one year.

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Avoiding Teacher Burnout in Special Education

In 2007 the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) released an 18-month study indicating that the turnover rate for teachers in the United States was 16.8%. Approximately 46% of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years of teaching. Percentages are estimated to be even higher for special education teachers. Burnout […]

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Specific Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: FAQ’s

Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in reading are often mistaken for two separate conditions. They are two different names for the same underlying problem- a disability in reading. There are several skills that must be learned before a student is able to read. Children with SLD in reading (dyslexia) struggle to acquire the fundamental […]

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Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities: 4 Common Myths

This article tackles the most common myths about reading disorders. These myths are so pervasive, that there is even confusion within the school system. Armed with the facts about reading disorders can help teams provide the best help to students who are struggling.

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Individual Education Plans versus 504 Plans

There is often confusion among parents and teachers regarding the differences between 504 Plans and Individual Education Plans (IEP). While both are legal provisions that allow accommodations for students with disabilities, they are not the same. This article helps to clarify the purposes and differences between IEPs and 504 Plans. What is a 504 Plan? […]

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Models of RTI

There are many different interpretations regarding the implementation of RTI. IDEA (2004) allows local education agencies the ability to use RTI, but does not require its use. Individual states have flexibility to create their own regulations pertaining to the implementation of RTI. As a result of this flexibility, several models of RTI have emerged. This […]

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Understanding RTI

The field of Education is constantly in flux to allow room for innovative ideas and practices. While the concept of Response to Intervention (RTI) is not new, it has gained tremendous momentum since the reauthorization of IDEA. This article unpacks some of the basic questions surrounding RTI. What is RTI? RTI stands for Response to […]

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Starting the School Year: Top 10 Tips for Resource Room Teachers

My first day as a special education resource room teacher was a disaster! I remember sitting in the school psychologist’s office and asking, “So, what am I supposed to be doing?” I knew how to write an IEP and was well versed in theories of learning. What I lacked was a tactical plan. They didn’t […]

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