401 Practical Adaptations for Every Classroom


Beverley Holden Johns

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  • Dedication

    To my family for their support and encouragement: James, Martha, Jim, Craig, Babs, Luverne, Judi, Jan, Don, and especially to Lonnie for his daily words of wisdom and his many adaptations for me.

    To my dear friends who are my cheerleaders: Jim, Judy, Chuck, and Reva.


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    Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewers.

    • Melody Aldrich
    • English Teacher
    • Poston Butte High School
    • San Tan Valley, AZ
    • Diane Callahan
    • Retired Science Teacher
    • Fairfield Middle School
    • West Chester, OH
    • Laurie Emery, EdD
    • Principal
    • Old Vail Middle School
    • Vail, AZ
    • Kristina Moody
    • Teacher
    • Gulfport High School
    • Gulfport, MS
    • Dana Stevens
    • Assistant Professor
    • Whitworth University School of Education
    • Spokane, WA

    About the Author

    Beverley Holden Johns is a graduate of Catherine Spalding College in Louisville, Kentucky, and was awarded a fellowship for her graduate work at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, where she received an MS in special education. She has done postgraduate work at the University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, SIU, and Eastern Illinois University. Johns has thirty-nine years of experience working with students with learning disabilities (LD) and behavioral disorders (EBD) within the public schools. She supervised LD and EBD teachers in twenty-two school districts, was the founder and administrator of the Garrison Alternative School for students with severe EBD in Jacksonville, Illinois, and later served as coordinator for staff development for the Four Rivers Special Education District. She is now a learning and behavior consultant and an adjunct instructor for MacMurray College.

    During her term as president of the International Association of Special Education (IASE) from 2006 until January 1, 2010, she chaired that organization's tenth Biennial Conference held June 10 to 14, 2007, in Hong Kong, and presided over the eleventh Biennial Conference in Alicante, Spain, in 2009. She presented the Inaugural Marden Lecture at the University of Hong Kong in January, 2006.

    Johns is the lead author of Reduction of School Violence: Alternatives to Suspension (2009); Techniques for Managing Verbally and Physically Aggressive Students (2009); Surviving Internal Politics Within the School (2006); Techniques for Managing a Safe School (1997); Effective Curriculum and Instruction for Students With Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (2002); Students With Disabilities and General Education: A Desktop Reference for School Personnel (2007); Getting Behavioral Interventions Right (2005); Preparing Test-Resistant Students for Assessments: A Staff Training Guide (2007); Ethical Dilemmas in Education (2008); and The Many Faces of Special Educators (2010); She coauthored Teacher's Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal (Corwin, 2006); Special Educator's Reflective Calendar and Planning Journal (Corwin, 2009); and Reaching Students With Diverse Disabilities (2008), as well as the seminal college LD textbook, the eleventh edition of Learning Disabilities and Related Mild Disabilities (with Janet Lerner, 2009). The twelfth edition will be published in 2011. She has written a workbook to accompany the video The Paraprofessional's Guide to Managing Student Behavior (2002) and more than forty education and special education articles.

    She received the CEC Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in 2000 and the Romaine P. Mackie Leadership Service Award in 2007. She was Jacksonville Woman of the Year in 1988, and cochaired the Business Education Partnership Committee and the Jacksonville Truancy Task Force. Johns is past president of the Council for Children With Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), the CEC Pioneers, and the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Illinois and has served as the national state presidents' representative on the board of LDA of America and chair of governmental relations for several national and state organizations. She has presented workshops across the United States and Canada as well as in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sydney, Australia (keynote); Warsaw and Wroclaw, Poland; Hong Kong, China; Lima, Peru; and Riga, Latvia.

    Johns is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who Among America's Teachers and has chaired the Illinois Special Education Coalition (ISELA), whose membership includes thirteen statewide organizations, for thirty years.

  • Conclusion

    When I began writing this book, I wanted to make sure that I gave my readers at least 101 practical adaptations. After writing down the ideas, I quickly learned that there were many more that I would be providing. This book actually contains more than 400 adaptations. I am hoping that these ideas will have a “snowball” impact on your work and many more adaptations will come about in your classroom.

    One idea can generate many more. Teachers are creative and motivated professionals—if they are given an idea they can change it, depending on the level of the students and depending on their particular circumstances. They are motivated to look for the answers they need to meet the needs of their students. It is my hope that after reading the many adaptations contained in this book, all of you will think of many other ideas that you can use to make your classroom successful for students with special needs.

    Planning and implementing adaptations will not only help one student who has special needs but also may be of benefit to other students in your classroom. Adaptations pave the way for the active involvement of the students in learning.

    With the many stresses facing today's teachers, I hope that you daily reflect on the positive difference you are making in the lives of your students. Commend yourself for being an educator and remain the lifelong learners you are.


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