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

Third Edition


February 2009 | 240 pages | Corwin

"What an excellent resource for the beginning teacher! Practical, down-to-earth resources that can be implemented the first day of school!"
—Kristle F. Evans, Director of Human Resources/Community Relations
Lampeter-Strasburg School District, PA

"The book is organized logically and flows well from the first chapter to the last. It helps teachers manage an effective special education classroom the entire school year. This book should be a required resource for every new special education teacher."
—Phyllis N. Levert, School Administrator
Georgia School Districts, Atlanta, GA

Specific guidelines and strategies to help special educators navigate their first year!

The first year in the career of a special education teacher is filled with expectation and promise. Revised to address the most common needs of beginning special education teachers, the third edition of The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook helps new educators move confidently from preplanning to post-planning for the entire school year.

The authors present a step-by-step management approach complete with planning checklists and other ready-to-use forms within the context of IDEA 2004 and NCLB. Written from the perspective of a classroom teacher, this popular reference offers updates on:

  • Recognized disabilities
  • Best instructional practices for getting the most out of your students
  • Successful parent conferences
  • Effective plans for professional learning
  • Alternate assessments, emergencies in the school setting, education terminology, and more

Actively address challenges and concerns with this one-stop handbook that will help smooth the transition from student teacher to professional educator.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
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
 
References
 
Index

"What an excellent resource for the beginning teacher! Practical, down-to-earth resources that can be implemented the first day of school!"

Kristle F. Evans, Director of Human Resources/Community Relations
Lampeter-Strasburg School District, PA

"The book is organized logically and flows well from the first chapter to the last. It helps teachers manage an effective special education classroom, from pre-planning through post-planning, the entire school year. This book should be a required resource for every new special education teacher."

Phyllis N. Levert, School Administrator
Georgia School Districts, Atlanta, GA

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Preparing for a Successful School Year


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