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Miller, Darcy E. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1994
The functional skills activity, "On Your Own," provides an opportunity for adolescents with mild disabilities to apply cognitive and academic skills in the program's four phases (choosing a career, finding an apartment, furnishing the apartment, and learning to budget) involve direct instruction, hands-on activities, small-group discussions, and…
Descriptors: Budgeting, Career Choice, Independent Living, Learning Activities
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Sabornie, Edward J.; Beard, Gene H. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1990
The article examines options in social skills training for students with mild disabilities. Described are behavioral interventions and five packaged curricula. Among eight guidelines for evaluating a package are efficacy of approach, cost, and concern for generalization. Teachers are encouraged to teach social skills both directly and incidentally…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Material Evaluation
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Forster, Bruce R. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1990
A rationale is presented for developing gifted education projects that are differentiated from the regular curriculum. A specific activity, called "Let's Build a Sailboat," is described to illustrate guiding principles for success in student project development. The project taught planning and management skills to junior high school gifted…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Gifted, Junior High Schools, Program Development
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Slade, Jill Conoley; Conoley, Colleen Wyatt – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1989
Multicultural education in teacher preparation programs seeks to sensitize preservice special education teachers to individual differences attributable to culture or ethnicity. Described are the goals and objectives of a multicultural module; teaching strategies; module evaluation; resources used; and such learning techniques as fishbowl…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnicity
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Raschke, Donna; And Others – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1987
Contingency packages can be incorporated into classroom management techniques for reluctant learners (who may have already experienced failure in education) to encourage enthusiasm and motivation for learning. Suggestions are provided for implementing programs using a robot or football concepts. (CB)
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Classroom Techniques, Contingency Management, Disabilities
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Schniedewind, Nancy; Salend, Spencer J. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1987
Suggestions for implementing cooperative learning strategies with mildly handicapped students in mainstreamed, resource room, and self-contained classroom settings are given. Guidelines are presented for: selecting a format for cooperative learning; establishing working guidelines; forming groups; arranging the classroom; developing cooperative…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Emotional Disturbances, Group Activities, Heterogeneous Grouping
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Montague, Marjorie – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1987
Through self-management training, students learn to take control of their actions and make appropriate decisions. Four self-management strategies for enhancing mildly handicapped adolescents' job are self-instruction, self-questioning, self-monitoring, and self-reinforcement. (CB)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Interpersonal Competence, Learning Problems, Mild Disabilities
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Swanson, David P. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1992
The I CAN (Independence, Completion, Accuracy, and Neatness) program is a motivational tool for elementary grade students with learning disabilities. Each student contracts for specific achievements in the four program areas, and parents and teachers contract for specific rewards. Daily review of goals as well as daily documentation of progress…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Goal Orientation, Intermediate Grades, Learning Disabilities
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Hughes, Carolyn; And Others – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1989
The article describes a process for use in high-school transition programs to promote student independence within the context of vocational training. Strategies described include: evaluating student independence in community-based settings, teaching student adaptability, and transferring control of student independence to work-related stimuli. A…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Education Work Relationship, High Schools, Job Skills
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Parette, Howard P., Jr.; And Others – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1986
The mercury switch is a simple device which allows severely handicapped students to easily turn on or off electrical devices. Directions and diagrams are given for construction of the switch, its uses, modification of toys to utilize the switch, and correcting problems with the switch or other adaptive equipment. (DB)
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Elementary Secondary Education, Multiple Disabilities
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Musselwhite, Caroline Ramsey – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1986
Gestural cueing may be used successfully with children who do not require exposure to a sign or total communication approach. Emphasizing cueing in both the training and generalization phases of language learning, this article discusses specific learning activities, the effect of motor components on language, and procedures for using gestural…
Descriptors: Communication Disorders, Cues, Early Childhood Education, Language Acquisition
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Fairchild, Thomas N. – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1987
Teachers can foster open communication and parental involvement through use of a daily reportcard system for students with academic or behavior problems. Suggestions are provided for: gathering baseline data; identifying areas of concern; designing the report format; selecting reinforcers; conducting student conferences; implementing the system;…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Behavior Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback