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Zimmermann, Leah M.; Reed, Deborah K. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
The ability to comprehend informational texts is critical to students' academic success in a range of content areas. However, informational texts pose challenges to the reading comprehension of adolescents with or at risk for learning disabilities (LD). One such challenge is the use of multiple text structures in a single text. Text structure…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Reading Comprehension, At Risk Students, Adolescents
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Sipila-Thomas, Emma S.; Cho, Eunsoo; Brodhead, Matthew T. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
Homework is a task that teachers assign to students that is typically completed outside of class time to supplement in-school academic activities (Olympia et al., 1994) and has demonstrated to have positive effects on academic achievement (H. Cooper et al., 2006). There are many benefits of homework on student learning. Unfortunately, not all…
Descriptors: Self Control, Learning Strategies, Homework, Students with Disabilities
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Hovland, Jessica B. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
The ability to read independently is essential for success in high school, college, and most careers. Students with disabilities must be able to comprehend literally and inferentially to meet the demands of the general education curriculum and navigate the complex political, social, and economic environment of the 21st century (King- Sears &…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Reciprocal Teaching, Reading Comprehension
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Urbani, Jacquelyn M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
Dialogic reading (DR) is an intervention that aims to further students' expressive language development (Flynn, 2011; Towson et al., 2017). Specifically, DR occurs in small groups to afford students the opportunity to engage in active discussion and uses the same book for multiple readings and retellings. Because multiple research studies have…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Intervention, Expressive Language, Small Group Instruction
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Bhana, Naima; McNaughton, David; Raulston, Tracy; Ousley, Ciara – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
Providing support to a child with complex communication needs during shared storybook reading activities can be challenging. Storybooks often contain specific vocabulary items (e.g., character names) that are key to conversations about the story but would be difficult to add and of limited long-term use in an augmentative and alternative…
Descriptors: Story Reading, Childrens Literature, Books, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
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Patterson, Dawn R.; Hicks, S. Christy – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2020
As educators of students with autism, many teachers recognize that the day-to-day instruction is helping students learn skills to improve their quality of life, for today and in the long term. For those who teach young students, it may be difficult to project that far into the future; however, the reality is that educators want students with…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Mathematics Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Diamond, Lindsay Lile; Hsiao, Yun-Ju – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
This article introduces a center-based direct instruction lesson using picture-based situation cards paired with a problem-solving poster that teachers can implement within the classroom to proactively teach the skill of problem-solving to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Decision Making, Preschool Children, Visual Aids
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Chang, Ya-Chih; Shire, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
This article provides practitioners with a guide to (1) understand the developmental emergence of play skills in young children to inform developmentally appropriate instructional decisions (e.g., toy choices); (2) set up the play space to support social play; and (3) use key strategies from an evidence-based intervention for young children with…
Descriptors: Play, Evidence Based Practice, Intervention, Autism
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Roberts, Garrett J.; Solis, Michael; Chance, Becky – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
The research illustrated throughout this article supports the cycle of creating reading and behavior goals, monitoring of goals, and reflecting on goals to improve future goals. This article provides examples of how teachers of small-group reading interventions can incorporate these brief and targeted self-regulation interventions as part of…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Reading Instruction, Intervention, Small Group Instruction
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Blackwell, William H.; Stockall, Nancy – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
It is the responsibility of special educators to understand and interpret the results of high-stakes assessments for educational purposes and for communication to parents. To help teachers understand and accurately communicate high-stakes testing results, the authors describe a set of research-based strategies in the "RISC" process:…
Descriptors: Test Interpretation, High Stakes Tests, Test Results, Special Education
Swanson, Elizabeth; Stevens, Elizabeth A.; Wexler, Jade – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2019
Students in middle school social studies classes are expected to learn content through text. Unfortunately, many students, particularly those with disabilities, struggle to comprehend grade-level texts (NCES, 2017). Implementing high-quality, text-based discussions is no easy task, yet it provides a way to support students with disabilities in the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Disabilities, Middle School Students, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Filderman, Marissa J.; Toste, Jessica R. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Reading proficiency is fundamental to school success. However, up to 50% of students with reading disabilities are not making adequate progress. Students who demonstrate persistent and severe reading difficulties require increasingly intensive instruction individualized to meet their instructional needs Individualizing instruction with…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Skills, Individualized Instruction, Decision Making
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Sam, Ann M.; Kucharczyk, Suzanne; Waters, Victoria – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Educators continually encounter new challenges that require different tools or ways to utilize current tools in novel ways. Common challenges when working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may include addressing interfering behavior, developing communication systems, increasing social opportunities for students, and addressing…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Monahan, Jessica; Lombardi, Allison; Madaus, Joseph – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
College and Career Readiness (CCR) is broadly defined as the ability of an individual to be successful in postsecondary education and employment. Although the definition of CCR continues to develop within policy and research, scholars suggest that both academic and nonacademic skills are crucial components. Recently a CCR framework for students…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Disabilities, Postsecondary Education
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Hedin, Laura; DeSpain, Stephanie – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2018
Although different authors define the SMART acronym differently, an IEP-related interpretation of the acronym is as follows: specific, measurable, action verbs, realistic, and time limited. In addition to these features, well-written IEP goals reflect students' unique strengths and needs. This article discusses how educators can produce specific,…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Disabilities
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