Praise for the first edition:

“Mandel has written a very practical, informative manual for new teachers. His examples for classroom standards, incorporating a variety of activities for diverse students, and teaching test-taking skills are right on target. For answers to fundamental questions and stress relief, Mandel's manual is a must!”

—Johanna K. Lemlech, Professor Emerita

University of Southern California

“An extremely practical and user-friendly time-saver. Rather than beating around the bush with pages of statistics, philosophies, best practices, and methodologies, this toolbox cuts to the heart of real questions burning inside new teachers. New and experienced teachers can benefit from the quick fixes presented in this plentiful toolbox.”

—Leslie Gaillard, First-Year Teacher

Pacoima Middle School, Los Angeles, CA

A one-stop resource for all your first-year teaching needs!

This second edition is a concise yet complete guide for novice teachers, covering all the essentials for getting off to a good start. With new tips for everything from establishing an ideal classroom environment to making it through teacher evaluations, this revised edition helps you plan ahead with confidence, keep your perspective, and prepare for the unexpected.

The author introduces techniques by grade level, making the book easy to read sequentially or as a reference for specific situations. Written in a conversational tone, this completely revised edition includes an expanded section on Internet use and provides field-tested strategies on how to:

Encourage student participation and critical thinking; Establish fair grading practices; Modify instructional methods and curriculum for students with special needs; Increase parent involvement; Manage stress and maintain sanity

Modifying the Classroom Curriculum for Students with Special Needs

Modifying the Classroom Curriculum for Students with Special Needs

Modifying the classroom curriculum for students with special needs

Aliya was assigned two students who had special needs. Both were in special pullout programs for one of their academic subjects and remained in the classroom for all the others; however, their learning disabilities affected their performance in all subject areas, not just in the one for which they were pulled out for extra assistance. What modifications could Aliya apply to meet the needs of these students without disrupting her classroom curriculum?*

Grade Levels



All year, but especially the first month with your students

The Issue

How can I modify my classroom curriculum for students with special needs?

The Idea

After you have read the students’ individualized education plans (IEPs) and located any ...

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