Teacher Tools

Exploring Science: Come On, Rain!

A couple of weeks ago the Tool of the Week was a science content lesson plan about the rain cycle. The lesson plan came from the most recent publication in our U-STARS~PLUS series, Science & Nonfiction Connections. U-STARS publications provide teachers with lesson plans and strategies for presenting science content – with enrichment activities and “thinking questions” that benefit all ...

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Determining Where Real-World Instruction Should Occur

Real-world skills are critical for students’ success, and the settings in which these skills are taught are often critical to facilitate student retention and use of these skills in real situations. This week’s Tool of the Week is a decision-making process for determining the appropriate settings for teaching real-world skills. This week’s Tool comes from Footsteps Toward the Future: Implementing a Real-World Curriculum ...

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Managing and Implementing Intervention Reviews

Each school or district has its own RTI process that identifies students requiring interventions (whether academic or behavioral) and the specific nature of those interventions. Generally, however, it is the classroom teacher who identifies a struggling student and seeks assistance from the RTI team; this may be an informal or formal process. This week’s Tool of the Week provides a ...

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Exploring Science: Down Comes the Rain

This week’s tool of the week, “Down Comes the Rain,” is a lesson plan built around the book Down Comes the Rain, and will help students learn about the water cycle and how all living things depend on water. This tool comes from U-STARS ~PLUS Science & Nonfiction Connections, which includes over 30 lesson plans aligned with both Common Core and Next Generation Science ...

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Comparisons of Characteristics of Gifted Students and Twice-Exceptional Students

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Comparisons of Characteristics of Gifted Students and Twice-Exceptional Students,” can help you identify if a student needs further support. The table  is a compilation of characteristics and behaviors that are associated with giftedness that, and includes a column about how a disability may influence that behavior. This tool comes from “Beyond Stereotypes: Understanding, Recognizing, and Working With Twice-Exceptional Learners,” from TEACHING ...

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Behavior-Tracking Applications for iPad/iPod

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Behavior-Tracking Applications for iPad/iPod,” provides a list of behavior data collection apps for iPod and iPad that will help you track your students’ progress in meeting behavioral goals. This tool comes from Friendship 101: Helping Students Build Social Competence, which offers teachers a practical guide for ensuring students develop the social skills that they need ...

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Instructional Behavior Plan

This week’s free Tool of the Week, “Instructional Behavior Plan Worksheet,” will help you teach students alternative strategies for coping and new ways to communicate their intent. This tool comes from When Behavior Makes Learning Hard: Positive Steps for Changing Student Behavior, which provides practical strategies, approaches, and tools that teachers of students of all ages can use to improve ...

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Preparing for the IEP Meeting

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Preparing for the IEP Meeting,” provides a checklist to help ensure that you’re fully prepared for a student’s IEP meeting. This tool comes from A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, Third Edition. What else do you need to be prepared for IEP meetings? Sign up today for David Bateman’s webinar, What Principals Need to ...

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Developing Narrative Writing: Story Pitch Graphic Organizer

This week’s Tool of the Week, a “Story Pitch Graphic Organizer,” helps your students develop their narrative writing skills by creating a plan to interest readers in their stories. This tool comes from “The Digital Media Writing Project: Connecting to the Common Core,” from TEACHING Exceptional Children 46.1.

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Using Embedded Instruction to Enhance Social-Emotional Skills

This week’s Tool of the Week, “Tips for Teachers: Using Embedded Instruction to Enhance Social-Emotional Skills,” from Friendship 101:  Helping Students Build Social Competence, shows you each component of embedded instruction focusing on what to teach, when to teach, how to teach and how to evaluate.  

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