The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook: The First-Year Special Education Teacher¿s Guide to Success

The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook: The First-Year Special Education Teacher¿s Guide to Success

by Carla F. Shelton, Alice B. Pollingue


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ISBN-13: 9781629142524
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 838,387
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Carla F. Shelton: Carla F. Shelton, Ed.S., has twenty years of experience in the education profession. The majority of her work has been as a special education teacher where she taught students with disabilities in Grades 2 through 12 in resource, self-contained, and collaborative settings. She is the coauthor of Best Practices for Secondary School Counselors and lives in Augusta, Georgia.
Alice B. Pollingue: Alice B. Pollingue, Ed.D., is a tenured assistant professor of education at Augusta State University, where she has been teaching for more than fifteen years. Currently, she teaches special education courses to undergraduate and graduate students and is the supervising professor for the entire special education teacher-training program. She lives in Augusta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
1. Preparing for a Successful School Year
Strategy 1: Get to Know Your School
Strategy 2: Allocate Time for Reflecting
Strategy 3: Locate a Mentor Teacher
Strategy 4: Identify Essential Tasks
Strategy 5: Orientate Assigned Paraprofessionals
Strategy 6: Establish a Communication System
Form 1.1. Get to Know Your School Checklist
Form 1.2. Preplanning Checklist
Form 1.3. Monthly Planning Checklist
Form 1.4. Postplanning Checklist
Form 1.5. Correspondence Log
Form 1.6. Student Emergency Information
Form 1.7. Noninstructional Classroom Supply Checklist
Form 1.8. Instructional Classroom Supply Checklist
Form 1.9. Classroom Inventory Checklist
Form 1.10. Paraprofessional's Classroom Responsibilties Checklist
Form 1.11. Student Service Information
Form 1.12. Present Levels of Performance
Form 1.13. Self-Evaluation Instrument for the Special Education Teacher
Resource 1.1. Suggestions for Working With a Paraprofessional
Resource 1.2. Web Sites for Parents and Students
Resource 1.3. Assistive Technology Information
2. Understanding Students With Disabilities
Strategy 1: Review Student Information
Strategy 2: Conduct Student Surveys and Inventories
Strategy 3: Review Recognized Disabilities in IDEA
Form 2.1. Student Folder Checklist
Form 2.2. Student Profile
Form 2.3. Student Academic Inventory
Form 2.4. Student Learning Styles Survey
Form 2.5. Student Interest Survey
3. Placing Students in the Least Restrictive Environment
Section 1: Review of Service Delivery Models
Section 2: The Placement Decision
Section 3: Classroom Accommodations and Modifications
Section 4: Monitoring Students in the General Education Setting
Section 5: Tips for the Regular Education Teacher
Form 3.1. Selecting the Least Restrictive Environment Checklist
Form 3.2. Teacher Summary Report
Form 3.3. Classroom Adaptations
Form 3.4. Classroom Adaptation Evaluation
Form 3.5. Student's Materials List
Form 3.6A. Teacher Directions for Completing Student Monitor Forms
Form 3.6B. Student Monitor Form
Form 3.7. Student Monitor Results Summary
Form 3.8. Individual Student Progress Report Summary
Form 3.9. Individual Student Final Grade Summary
Resource 3.1. Defining Accommodations and Modifications
Resource 3.2. Suggestions for Tests Adaptions
4. Managing the Classroom
Step 1: Review the School's Policies and Procedures Pertaining to Student and Teacher Expectations
Step 2: Ensure the Physical Arrangement and Decor of the Classroom Is Inviting and Conducive to Learning
Step 3: Ensure the Classroom Climate Is Supportive and Reflects a Sense of Mutual Respect Between Teacher and Students
Step 4: Communicate All Expectations for Students' Academic Performance and Behaviors in the Classroom
Step 5: Develop Classroom Policies and Procedures That Clearly Regulate All Activities
Form 4.1. Daily Point System
Form 4.2. Behavior Contract
Form 4.3. Student Progress Report
Form 4.4. Classroom Policies and Procedures Checklist
Form 4.5. Classroom Management Plan Evaluation
Resource 4.1. Tips for Classroom Arrangement
Resource 4.2. Bulletin Boards Guidelines and Information
Resource 4.3. Tips for Communicating With Students and Parents
Resource 4.4. Tips for Developing Classroom Rules and Consequences
Resource 4.5. Tips for Developing Behavior Modification Plans
5. Teaching All Students
Section 1: Preparing for Instruction
Section 2: Planning and Implementing Effective Lesson Plans
Section 3: Instructional Strategies for All Students
Section 4: Evaluating Student Progress
Form 5.1. IEP Goals and Objectives Checklist
Form 5.2. Classroom Teacher's Instructional Materials List
Form 5.3. Class Schedule
Form 5.4. Weekly Lesson Plan
Resource 5.1. Guide to Locating Instructional Materials
Resource 5.2. Technology-Connected Lesson Plan Form
6. Preparing for a Successful Parent Conference
Form 6.1. Essential Tasks for All Parent-Teacher Conferences
Form 6.2. Essential Information for the Progress Report Conference
Form 6.3. Essential Information for the Problem-Solving Conference
Form 6.4. Conference Notification
Form 6.5. Conference Reminder
Form 6.6. Conference Minutes
Form 6.7. Conference Summary
Resource 6.1. Teacher Guidelines for Parent Conferences
Resource 6.2. Parent Tips for Conference Preparation
Resource 6.3. Dealing With the Anger of Parents
7. Understanding Education Assessments
Section 1: Review Basic Test and Measurement Information
Section 2: Understand the Levels of Educational Assessments in Schools
Section 3: Know the Current IDEA Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Assessing Students With Disabilities
Section 4: Review of Alternate Assessments
Section 5: Review of Appropriate Assessment Accommodations
Form 7.1. Test Administration Checklist
Resource 7.1. Educational Assessments
Resource 7.2. Possible Accommodations for Students With Disabilities
Resource 7.3. Formative and Summative Assessments
8. Writing a Legal and Effective Individualized Education Program
Section 1: The Legal Requirements of an IEP
Section 2: Understanding the Components of an IEP
Section 3: Involving Students and Parents in the IEP Process
Form 8.1. Essential Information for the Annual IEP
Resource 8.1. Four Pillars of NCLB
Resource 8.2. IEP Reference Materials
9. Preparing Students for Transition
Strategy 1: Understanding the Legal Aspects of Transition
Strategy 2: Prepare Students for Movement to a New School
Strategy 3: Prepare Students for Post-School Endeavors
Form 9.1. High School 4-Year Plan
Form 9.2. Unit of Credit Checklist
Form 9.3. Work-Based Student Evaluation
Form 9.4. Student's Critique of Job Site
Resource 9.1. Students With Disabilities Preparing for Post secondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Resource 9.2. Work Behavior Training Strategies for Vocational Training With Students With Disabilities
Resource 9.3. Job Accommodations for People With Mental Retardation (MR) or Other Developmental Disabilities (DD)
10. Preparing a Plan for Professional Learning
Strategy 1: Formulate a Professional Learning Plan
Strategy 2: Develop a Professional Portfolio
Strategy 3: Join a Professional Organization
Strategy 4: Read Professional Organization
Strategy 5: Enroll in Advanced College Courses or Professional Learning Classes
Strategy 6: Participate in a Professional Learning Community
Form 10.1. Professional Development Plan
Form 10.2. Portfolio Format for the Professional Educator
Form 10.3. Conference Planning Guide
Resource 10.1. The Special Education Teacher's Guide to Professional Organizations
Resource 10.2. The Special Education Teacher's Guide to Professional Periodicals
Resource 10.3. The Special Education Teacher's Guide to Professional Books
Resource 10.4. Web Sites for Special Education Teachers
Resource A: Emergencies in the School Setting
Section 1: Physical Health Issues of Students
Section 2: Mental Health Issues of Students
Section 3: Review of Natural Disasters
Section 4: Acts of Violence
Form A.1. Medical History
Form A.2. Emergency Medical Plan
Form A.3. Medical Incident Report
Form A.4. Medical Incident Log
Resource A.1. Classroom "Go-Kit" Supplies
Resource A.2. Recommended First Aid Supplies
Resource B: Stress Management for the First-Year Teacher
Resource B.1. Tips for Stress Management
Resource C: Support Organizations for Students
Resource D: Guide to Locating Instructional Materials
Resource E: Education Terminology

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