Teaching in a Special Education Classroom: A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators

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These guidelines for special education teachers cover gathering student information, classroom design, meeting with parents, evaluation, assessment, classroom management, instructional interventions, and grading options.

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Editorial Reviews

Ramona Marquez
"Offers many helpful strategies and suggestions not only for the novice teacher, but an experienced teacher as well. Easy to read, it describes how to set up different types of classroom environments, where to go to get additional information, how to work with parents, how to end the school year, and more. I felt motivated and ready to go into the classroom."
John Fry
"An extensive overview of what to expect as a beginning special education teacher. This book would have been useful at the beginning of my career."
Teri Fechter
“Provides a great deal of useful information in one concise book. The tips and strategies provided will help any teacher grow professionally.”
Nicole Chiarello-Guyon
“Probably one of the best books I’ve read that guides special educators from the beginning of the year to the end.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412954259
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/22/2008
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Pierangelo is anassociate professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy at Long Island University. He has been an administrator of special education programs and served for eighteen years as a permanent member of Committees on Special Education. He has over thirty years of experience in the public school system as a general education classroom teacher and school psychologist, and is a consultant to numerous private and public schools, PTAs, and SEPTA groups. Pierangelo has also been an evaluator for the New York State Office of Vocational and Rehabilitative Services and a director of a private clinic. He is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, and a Board Certified Diplomate Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychology and Forensic Psychology.Pierangelo is currently president of The National Association of Special Education Teachers, executive director of The American Academy of Special Education Professionals, and vice-president of The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education.

Pierangelo earned his BS degree from St. John's University, his MS from Queens College, Professional Diploma from Queens College, Ph D from Yeshiva University, and Diplomate Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychology and Forensic Psychology from the International College of Professional Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, New York State Psychological Association, Nassau County Psychological Association, New York State Union of Teachers, and Phi Delta Kappa.

Pierangelo is the coauthor of numerous books, including The Big Book of Special Education Resources and The Step-by-Step Book Seriesfor Special Educators.

George Giuliani is an assistant professor at Hofstra University's School of Education and Allied Health and Human Services, in the Department of Counseling, Research, Special Education, and Rehabilitation. He is the executive director of the National Association of Special Education Professionals, president of the National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE), vice-president of the National Association of Special Education Teachers, and an educational consultant for various school districts. He has provided numerous workshops for parents and teachers on a variety of special education and psychological topics.

Giulianiearned Board Certification as a Diplomate Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychology and Forensic Psychology from the International College of Professional Psychology.Giuliani is also a New York State licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, and has an extensive private practice focusing on children with special needs. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, New York State Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, Suffolk County Psychological Association, Psi Chi, American Association of University Professors, and the Council for Exceptional Children. Giuliani earned his BA from the College of the Holy Cross, MS from St. John's University, JD from City University Law School, and Psy D from Rutgers University, The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.

Giuliani is the coauthor of numerous books, including The Big Book of Special Education Resources and The Step-by-Step Book Series for Special Educators.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Step I. What to Do Before the Start of School
Getting to Know Your Students
Step II. Designing and Setting Up Your Classroom
Classroom Design
Setting Up Your Classroom
Evaluating Existing Materials
Step III. Meeting With Parents and Staff Members
Communicating With Parents
Meeting With Your Assistant Teacher or Aide
Communicating With Related Service Providers
Communicating With Your Regular Education Teachers
Communicating With the Mainstreamed Class and Teachers
Step IV. Factors Affecting Curriculum Performance for Students With Special Needs
Factors Affecting Curriculum for Children With Special Needs
Step V. Adapting the Curriculum for Students With Special Needs
What Are Curriculum Adaptations?
Examples of Curriculum Adaptation
Ways to Adapt the Curriculum
Adapting Response Mode
Step VI. Classroom Management of Children With Specific Disabilities
Students With Learning Disabilities
Students With Mental Retardation
Students With Emotional Disabilities
Students With Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
Step VII. Applying Instructional Interventions for Specific Behaviors Exhibited in the Classroom by Students With Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
Instructional Interventions for Attendance Problems
Instructional Interventions for Difficulty With Transitions
Instructional Interventions for Disrespect to Teachers
Instructional Interventions for Classroom Disruption
Instructional Interventions for Failure to Accept Responsibility for Own Behavior and/or Consequences for Misbehavior
Instructional Interventions for Interpersonal Relationships With Peers
Instructional Interventions for Out-of-Control Behaviors
Instructional Interventions for Passive Resistance
Instructional Interventions for Not Respecting Property or Personal Space of Others
Instructional Interventions for Verbal Aggression
Instructional Interventions for Verbal Outbursts
Step VIII. Understanding Grading Options for Students With Special Needs
Grading Approaches
Reporting to Parents
Step IX. Developing Educational Treatment Plans for Your Students
Step X. End-of-School-Year Responsibilities
Triennial Evaluation Reports
Annual Review Meetings
Declassification Consideration and Procedures
Extended-School-Year Services
End-of-the-Year Reports

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