“This book has ideas, tools, and starting points for all the situations you could encounter on your first day of teaching or on your thousandth! It is practical and up-to-date on what it is like to be a special educator in schools today.”

—Alison Martins, Special Education Teacher

Seven Hills Charter Public School, Worcester, MA

“This book is a new teacher's first stop for everything from ‘How should I set up my room the first week of school?’ to ‘What types of assessments should I be using?’”

—Nancy Yost, Associate Professor of Special Education

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

A valuable toolbox for every situation in the special education classroom!

Special education teachers face unique challenges, especially when they are just beginning. This essential resource offers special educators a blueprint for dealing with the most common challenges they face both in the classroom and in the larger school environment.

These research-based strategies help teachers meet the academic needs of diverse students with disabilities (including those who are also English language learners) in areas such as setting up a classroom, managing student behavior, designing effective instruction, incorporating technology, embracing diversity, and more. Each chapter features:

An overview and objectives; A brief research review; Step-by-step strategies that can be used immediately; Examples and scenarios from real teaching experiences; Self-assessments and reflections

This all-in-one reference book offers the tools, strategies, and support special educators need for success in their first year and every year thereafter!

Managing Student Behavior

Managing student behavior


  • Analyze classroom management needs.
  • Discuss the three levels used to manage student behaviors.
  • Identify effective practices for preventing inappropriate student behaviors
  • Identify practices that increase positive student behaviors.
  • Determine effective interventions when inappropriate student behavior occurs.
  • Identify skills and behaviors students need to successfully prepare for the future.
  • Discuss legal rights and professional ethics that guide work with students.

Special education teachers consider how to design educational experiences that will benefit a student. The student's disability frames his or her academic need and placement. Similar to all classrooms, students in special education classes have very diverse backgrounds and experiences. Caseloads consist of students who have parents or other adults who may or may not believe in them and their potential. ...

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