Teacher Tools

Data Duties Spelled Out

Have you ever spent precious time collecting data about your students’ progress only to find you’re left with more questions? In today’s data-driven classrooms, this can create quite a conundrum. That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a simple table of data types that identifies the uses for each type. It will help you choose the right data to collect ...

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Fluency that flies

Have your students been working hard on their reading skills all year? This week’s FREE tool is a table with fluency activities you can use to further student practice. Try activities like echo reading and choral reading to help students improve reading rate, accuracy, and expression as they repeat the cadence and expression modeled by their teachers and peers. The ...

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Crisis intervention done right

For any crisis situation, the best defense is a good plan. So this week’s FREE tool is a table that will help you evaluate crisis intervention programs. With this list of questions about how a program addresses triggers, de-escalation, restraint procedures, debriefing, and training, you’ll have the guidance you need to select the crisis intervention program that’s right for your ...

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The many shades of smart

With the rise of inclusive classrooms, teachers are looking for ways to reach the diverse learners in their classrooms. This week’s FREE tool is a table, Multiple Intelligences, which lists the different areas of strength a student might have along with descriptions of how each strength contributes to learning. The focus on strengths instead of deficits will help teachers see ...

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Teaching Word Problems

Calling all math teachers! With this week’s FREE tool, we’re tackling word problems. The tool is a table that breaks the process for solving word problems into five problem-solving steps. Steps are matched with potential challenges and suggested supports so you can help your students better understand the process. The table comes from CEC’s “Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic and ...

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Differentiating Instruction

This week’s FREE tool is a table to help you create a learning environment that is welcoming to all learners. With topics that range from clutter-free space to the problem of distracting smells and textures, this “Learning Environment Checklist” will walk you through the considerations for seating, classroom organization, and classroom climate so you can lay the groundwork for learning ...

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Recipe for Writing

Take the guess-work out of grading student writing with this week’s FREE tool! We have a one page grading rubric for you that will help you evaluate your students’ writing assignments fairly and consistently. Sections of the rubric will help you rate a student’s mastery of composition, style, sentences, usage, and mechanics. Use it to assign grades, apply it to ...

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Collaborate Smart

Sharing responsibilities in the classroom can be as touchy as sharing responsibilities around the house! That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a checklist to help you and your co-teacher work out the who-does-what of co-teaching. The checklist, “Responsibilities of Co-Teachers” can be used to plan a future course of action or to evaluate current expectations. Fill it out together, ...

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When Behavior Makes Learning Hard

Oftentimes, disruptive behavior is an indicator of something other than willfulness or disobedience. For students with disabilities, behaviors can indicate a student’s deficits, frustrations, or simple attempts to communicate desires. Many times, a child can be taught a different, more appropriate behavior that will achieve the same end. This week’s FREE tool is a table, “Alternative Means to the Same ...

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Co-Teaching Rating Scale

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

The New Year is underway, and the school year is nearing a midway point for many, so we figured it’s time for some reflection. That’s why this week’s FREE tool, is a nifty Co-teaching Rating Scale to help you and your teaching partner evaluate your work and improve communication. So put your self-reflective glasses on and get ready for questions ...

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