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Teaching in a Special Education Classroom

Teaching in a Special Education Classroom
A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators

January 2013 | 120 pages | Corwin
"Probably one of the best books I've read that guides special educators from the beginning of the year to the end."

—Nicole Chiarello-Guyon, Special Education Teacher

Westerly School Department, RI

"The tips and strategies provided will help any teacher grow professionally."

—Teri Fechter, Specific Learning Disabilities Teacher

Franklin Elementary School, Appleton, WI

Tips and strategies for the beginning special education teacher!

Designed for professionals working in a resource room, self-contained special class, or inclusive setting, this step-by-step guide helps new teachers in special education get their careers off to a positive start and offers experienced teachers supportive information to help improve classroom practice.

Special education experts Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani review all aspects of special education teaching, from how to get to know your students before school starts to writing end-of-the-year reports. Aligned with the reauthorization of IDEA 2004, this guidebook provides practical guidelines for appropriate classroom design, includes a complete glossary, and examines critical issues such as:

- Gathering information on students' educational history, medical background, and Individual Educational Programs (IEPs)

- Meeting with parents, aides, mainstream teachers, and service providers

- Addressing and evaluating factors that affect learners' performance and adapting the curriculum

- Managing a classroom of students with specific disabilities and applying instructional interventions

- Understanding grading options

Teaching in a Special Education Classroom offers straightforward advice to make the school year more productive for you and your students.

About the Authors
Step I. What to Do Before the Start of School
Getting to Know Your Students

Step II. Designing and Setting Up Your Classroom
Classroom Design

Setting Up Your Classroom

Evaluating Existing Materials

Step III. Meeting With Parents and Staff Members
Communicating With Parents

Meeting With Your Assistant Teacher or Aide

Communicating With Related Service Providers

Communicating With Your Regular Education Teachers

Communicating With the Mainstreamed Class and Teachers

Step IV. Factors Affecting Curriculum Performance for Students With Special Needs

Factors Affecting Curriculum for Children With Special Needs

Step V. Adapting the Curriculum for Students With Special Needs
What Are Curriculum Adaptations?

Examples of Curriculum Adaptation

Ways to Adapt the Curriculum

Adapting Response Mode

Step VI. Classroom Management of Children With Specific Disabilities
Students With Learning Disabilities

Students With Mental Retardation

Students With Emotional Disabilities

Students With Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder

Step VII. Applying Instructional Interventions for Specific Behaviors Exhibited in the Classroom by Students With Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
Instructional Interventions for Attendance Problems

Instructional Interventions for Difficulty With Transitions

Instructional Interventions for Disrespect to Teachers

Instructional Interventions for Classroom Disruption

Instructional Interventions for Failure to Accept Responsibility for Own Behavior and/or Consequences for Misbehavior

Instructional Interventions for Interpersonal Relationships With Peers

Instructional Interventions for Out-of-Control Behaviors

Instructional Interventions for Passive Resistance

Instructional Interventions for Not Respecting Property or Personal Space of Others

Instructional Interventions for Verbal Aggression

Instructional Interventions for Verbal Outbursts

Step VIII. Understanding Grading Options for Students With Special Needs
Grading Approaches

Reporting to Parents

Step IX. Developing Educational Treatment Plans for Your Students
Step X. End-of-School-Year Responsibilities
Triennial Evaluation Reports

Annual Review Meetings

Declassification Consideration and Procedures

Extended-School-Year Services

End-of-the-Year Reports


"Offers many helpful strategies and suggestions not only for the novice teacher, but an experienced teacher as well. Easy to read, it describes how to set up different types of classroom environments, where to go to get additional information, how to work with parents, how to end the school year, and more. I felt motivated and ready to go into the classroom."

Ramona Marquez, Director of Special Education
Hatch Valley Public Schools, NM

"An extensive overview of what to expect as a beginning special education teacher. This book would have been useful at the beginning of my career."

John Fry, Special Education and Social Studies Teacher
Hopkins School District, Minnetonka, MN

“Provides a great deal of useful information in one concise book. The tips and strategies provided will help any teacher grow professionally.”

Teri Fechter, Specific Learning Disabilities Teacher
Franklin Elementary School, Appleton, WI

“Probably one of the best books I’ve read that guides special educators from the beginning of the year to the end.”

Nicole Chiarello-Guyon, Special Education Teacher
Westerly School Department, RI

Used as supplemental text

Professor Dennis Cowan
School Of Education, Adelphi University
February 27, 2013

Roger Pierangelo

Roger Pierangelo is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy at Long Island University. He has been an administrator of special education programs and served for eighteen years as a permanent member of Committees on Special Education. He has over thirty years of experience in the public school system as a general education classroom teacher and school psychologist, and is a consultant to numerous private and public schools, PTAs, and SEPTA groups. Pierangelo has also been an evaluator for the New York State Office of Vocational and Rehabilitative Services and a director of a private clinic. He is a New... More About Author

George A. Giuliani

George Giuliani is an assistant professor at Hofstra University's School of Education and Allied Health and Human Services, in the Department of Counseling, Research, Special Education, and Rehabilitation. He is the executive director of the National Association of Special Education Professionals, president of the National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE), vice-president of the National Association of Special Education Teachers, and an educational consultant for various school districts. He has provided numerous workshops for parents and teachers on a variety of special education and psychological topics... More About Author

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