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This section is devoted to the mild-to-moderate classroom. Included are resources on a variety of specific disablities.

  • Learning/Behavioral Challenges
    Here you'll find resources on ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, speech & language disorders, and other more general resources on learning challenges.
  • Physical Challenges
    This section is devoted to physical challenges such as vision and hearing impairments, spinal cord injury, seizure disorders, and more.



Assistive Technology
Check here to find information and resources on using assistive technology to make the lives of students with disabilities easier.

Specific Disabilities
A more brief page in the Parents Community on both physical and learning challenges.

Special Education
This page of Teacher Submitted Lesson Plans are designed for and to include students with disabilities. Teachers can also subscribe to the weekly newsletter, or submit a lesson plan of their own! Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plans which are highlighted on Education World will receive a $50 honorarium!

Classroom Management
This page in the Preservice Educators Community offers lots of helpful advice about creating positive learning environments in your classroom and getting ahead of discipline issues.


Preferred Activity Time (PAT) Is Preferred by Kids and Teachers!
Talk with any group of teachers, and you are likely to discover that at least one of them is using PAT ("preferred activity time"), a reward system described by Fred Jones in his book "Positive Classroom Discipline." Because this system requires little effort and expense, teachers are taking it up -- and because it is fun, students are eating it up! Whether teachers view the time students earn as free time or educational game time, they all agree that PAT works! INCLUDED: Teachers share favorite educational games from their PAT repertoires!

Can Adults Praise Children Too Much?
According to some psychologists and researchers, praising everything children do does not build self-esteem -- eventually the praise becomes meaningless. Instead of continually praising students, teachers should substitute descriptive comments or cite specific improvements in work. Included: Experts debate the question "To praise or not to praise?" -- plus -- praise pointers!

Harry Wong Addresses National Conference
Education World is at the National Middle School Association convention, being held through Saturday in St. Louis. On Thursday night, Harry K. Wong addressed a general session of the conference. In his keynote address, Wong made a case for the importance of good classroom management as a key to student achievement.

The King of Classroom Management! (An Education World e-Interview with Classroom Management Expert Fred Jones)
Since 1969, Fred Jones has offered teachers advice about how to manage students and classrooms effectively. Today, Jones author of the soon-to-be-released Tools for Teaching, his third book on classroom management shares his thoughts about the difficulties teachers face in classrooms today. Included: Jones talks about the failure of the nation's colleges and universities to provide future teachers with adequate training and how legislators make teachers' jobs even tougher!

Classroom Management: Ten Teacher-Tested Tips!
Hallway conferences. Pasta discipline. Buddy rooms. Bell work. Those and six other ideas for taming temper tantrums and other classroom disruptions are the focus of this Education World story! Included: An opportunity for all teachers to share the classroom management techniques that work for them!

Know When to Discipline!
When is a discipline problem not a discipline problem? When it's a miscall! Howard Seeman explains why prevention and knowing *when* to discipline can be more important than knowing how! Seeman shares his thoughts about preventive discipline, effective classroom management, the state of teacher education, and more.

Preventing Classroom Discipline Problems: A Classroom Management Handbook
In the latest edition of his book, Howard Seeman offers the kind of common-sense approach to classroom discipline that beleaguered teachers are looking for. Today, Education World examines in detail Seeman's *Preventing Classroom Discipline Problems: A Classroom Management Handbook.*

Teaching Special Kids: On-Line Resources for Teachers
Whether you teach in a special-education program or in a "regular" classroom, you probably encounter special kids facing special challenges. This week, Education World brings you information about on-line resources that can help you better understand -- and help -- students with special needs.

Understanding Kids Who Are Different: Activities for Teaching About Disabilities
April is Special-Education Month. In the classroom, of course, every month is special-education month -- and every day is a day when special students need to be recognized, appreciated, and understood. This week, Education World brings you some of the best on-line resources for teaching students about the special needs -- and unique strengths -- of people with disabilities.

Language, Literacy and Children with Special Needs: Enabling Teachers to Enable Children
A new book goes a long way toward helping teachers develop strategies that work with special needs children in the regular classroom.

Special Books for Special Kids!
JayJo Books has found its niche as a publisher of books written to teach elementary school children about their classmates or others who might be living with a chronic disease such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy.


ABC Teach
ABC Teach is a collection of resources for teachers, parents, and students to supplement classroom curricula or help parents who want to work with their children at home. (Grades: K-6)

Can Do
Can Do is an "ability-focused Web site dedicated to helping all people develop a 'can-do' attitude and approach to life... no matter what the obstacles."

Brain.com provides information, news, and resources for anyone interested in the health and fitness of the brain.

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC) provides access to professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.

National Institute for Urban School Improvement
The National Institute for Urban School Improvement is dedicated to supporting urban educational communities that are implementing mainstream inclusion programs for students with disabilities. The site includes an excellent library of resources, a discussion forum, events calendar, and newsletter.

This is the sister site to the SNOW (Special Needs Opportunity Windows) Web site. SNOW Kids has information for special needs children and their teachers and parents. (K-8)

The Chatback Trust
The Chatback project helps special-needs schools communicate using email. The Web site features projects and moderated mailing lists. (6-12)

INDIE: Integrated Network of Disability Information and Education
An information directory of global disability resources.

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Harry Potter for Special Needs Kids
Links to Harry Potter book sources in Braille, audio cassette, and other languages.

Early Childhood Thematic Units
Early Childhood Thematic Units were designed for the inclusion of the special needs child in the regular classroom.