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How to fit interventions for struggling readers into your day

How do you fit supplemental support for struggling readers into your day? This is a dilemma faced by many busy classroom teachers. See what the authors of the new edition of Interventions for Reading Success suggest. Here are their answers to some of teachers' most common questions about managing intervention activities for their struggling readers. Read More

5 tips for getting all your students engaged in learning

Teachers get all kinds of tips on how to make instruction more effective, but what is one sure thing you can do, regardless of content area, to make learning stick? Make the material relatable to students! Get them involved. Engaged students are motivated students. Try these easy steps to help your students feel personally connected to what they're working on and watch their interest come alive. Read More

8 tips for enhancing literacy learning for students with disabilities

The opportunity to learn literacy skills has not always been offered to students with moderate or severe disabilities. But pressure for all students to show progress and a belief that students with disabilities are capable of greater academic achievement have led to a call for effective strategies for your whole class. In Effective Literacy Instruction for Students with Moderate or Severe Disabilities, authors Susan Copeland and Elizabeth Keefe identify approaches that meet the learning needs of students with disabilities while enhancing the skills of all the students in your class. Take a peek at these pointers that will help you ensure all students in your class are active learners. Read More

Brain block: 3 steps to overcoming learning difficulties

Why do some students have a harder time getting it together in class, grasping concepts, remembering their homework, keeping track of assignments? Are they just less disciplined, or is something else at work? Though teachers are not always taught to recognize the signs, neurodevelopmental delays often underlie students' struggles. Once educators learn to spot the weaknesses, they become empowered to target instruction right where it will do the most good. Try these essential steps for getting started. Read More

Four elements of effective math instruction for struggling learners

The authors of Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully: Solutions for Reaching Struggling Learners have studied what it takes to help students learn math, and they lay it out for teachers in their new book. Learn what teachers need to understand to make both the content of the math curriculum (numbers, algebra, geometry, etc.) and the higher order thinking processes (problem solving, reasoning and proof, etc.) accessible to students who have difficulty learning math. Read More

Give your students new strategies for grasping writing and comprehension

No matter what grade you teach, if you help your students master the skills they need to proficiently write essays and comprehend what they read, you will be giving them a boost that will power them through all their schooling. These strategies, from the guides Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students and Reading Research in Action, have been shown to help students strengthen their skills–especially students who struggle. Be sure to get your free sample weekly lesson plan, and best of luck in the new school year! Read More

Giving teachers tools to overcome fears of inclusion, teaming

In the olden days (circa 1990), schools provided special education services apart from the general education classroom; students were pulled out into resource rooms or taught in self-contained classes. Rarely was there crossover of students or discussion between general and special ed teachers. But those days are dwindling as inclusion brings general and special educators in closer contact. So, how can schools help teachers work together productively? Martha Snell and Rachel Janney, authors of the teachers’ guide Collaborative Teaming, know well the fears and other obstacles that get in the way of effective collaboration. Learn their methods for overcoming those barriers that once skeptical teachers now swear by. Read More

High-quality preschool inclusion: A few basics to help get you started

Consider this: It has been more than 35 years since the Education for All Handicapped Children Act passed in 1975, but only 50% of preschoolers with disabilities in the U.S. are being included in general ed settings for more than 80% of the time. This is surprising when you consider that preschool inclusion studies uniformly demonstrate positive benefits for all participants. Get answers to 13 frequently asked questions about preschool inclusion from First Steps to Preschool Inclusion. Read More

Infusing mental health care into services for young children

The more points of service where states can provide mental health care for young children, the greater the prognosis for those children's overall development and school readiness. One of the biggest challenges states face is a lack of coordination of services and funding sources to ensure that effective mental health services are supported and sustained. States need an organized, cross-system effort, according to Deborah Perry, co-editor of Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood: Building Bridges Between Services and Systems. See what it takes to get started. Read More