Special Education

Craft specific strategies for individual students

4 Tips for Teaching Gifted and Talented Students

By Brian Gatens July 8, 2013

It’s all too easy for teachers to fall into a trap of thinking there’s no need to develop specific teaching strategies for their most gifted or talented students. Actually, one of the ethical requirements of teaching is to craft specific strategies for individual students — you’ll never succeed by treating all students the same all… Read More

Advice on Making Elementary Special Education Lesson Plans

By The Room 241 Team March 6, 2013

This post has been updated as of December 2017. Creating a plan for a year in an elementary school classroom for special-needs children requires flexibility and, in many cases, unique activities for each child depending on their situation. This classroom environment can be very rewarding for teachers who have created a solid base in classroom… Read More

Advice on the Best Practices for Teaching Special Education

By The Room 241 Team February 11, 2013

Learning the best practices for special education gives teachers a crucial advantage in the classroom, where special-needs children face a broad range of difficulties in learning. The reasons for these difficulties are as unique as the children themselves. Teachers who understand the best practices can act appropriately to keep the learning momentum going forward. Here’s… Read More

What to Consider When Looking at Special Education Teacher Jobs

By The Room 241 Team February 8, 2013

Special education teacher jobs provide exciting opportunities to engage children who are often pushed aside or not cared for properly in meaningful learning situations. However, finding the right position can make a huge difference in the success and the reward you get from this career choice. Though most teachers will have degrees that afford them… Read More

Students who suffer from Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, or EBD, often find it very difficult to control their behavior and focus on their work in the classroom. EBD students also commonly lack the impulse control and the emotional balance that is necessary to handle social interactions with other students effectively. This can be challenging for… Read More

6 Strategies for Teaching Special Education Classes

By The Room 241 Team January 24, 2013

Special education classes provide a unique service to physically or mentally challenged students. The ideal special education classroom provides quality instruction to students with disabilities. While the push in education these days seems to be toward online education and the inclusion of special education students within mainstream classrooms, special education classes are still needed for… Read More

Five Ways Assistive Technology Helps Students With Down Syndrome

By The Room 241 Team January 10, 2013

Students with Down syndrome have delays with cognitive ability. Their brains have a delayed reaction when their neurological system sends a message to complete a task. This causes them to take longer to complete a task than their non-disabled classmates. But since federal legislation requires students with learning disabilities to be educated in the same… Read More

In the past few years, there has been a move away from the educational standards of the No Child Left Behind Act to a new system called the Common Core State Standards, or CCCS. These standards provide guidelines for the subjects of reading, language arts and math, and they are being implemented in all states…. Read More

In 2012, the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) recognized Lynn Fuchs and Steve Graham for advanced contributions in the field of special education leadership and research. NCSER provides funds for special education programs that are geared to help increase awareness and support for infants, toddlers and all children with disabilities. Lynn Fuchs, director… Read More

Mainstreaming Special Education in the Classroom

By The Room 241 Team October 25, 2012

Every child has the ability to learn, but the way children learn and how much knowledge they can absorb can vary considerably — especially for a child with special needs. Yet, as a society we owe all children a chance to reach their potential, so it is important to create the best possible learning environment… Read More

Teacher Lesson Plans for Special Education Students

By The Room 241 Team October 21, 2012

For educators, keeping a classroom organized and structured can be difficult. For special education teachers, it can sometimes seem impossible. Teacher lesson plans help educators enter a class prepared with objectives and strategies for their goals. However, special education requires a lot of extra effort, changing plans when they go awry, helping students struggling to… Read More

The first grade reading level represents the point where children are beginning to build a foundation of literacy that will last them a lifetime. Helping special education students read at the first-grade level is an achievable goal, but it can pose a unique challenge because many of these children have specific issues that make it… Read More

Early childhood special education teachers work with children under the age of 6 who have diagnosed mental, social, or physical challenges. Committed to helping children reach their learning potential, an early childhood special education teaching career is a rewarding and challenging path. Being an early childhood special education teacher is a chance to make a… Read More

A special education teacher works with students who have physical, mental or social difficulties. The job requires a background in many disabilities so the teacher can build bonds of trust in students. That bond helps teachers develop students’ academic and life skills. If you’re a special education teacher, your work day might include activities like… Read More

Educating the next generation of children is a monumental responsibility. Designing engaging curriculum, training teachers to inspire, selecting the right textbooks and technological tools — these are major challenges no school can afford to take lightly. That’s why many schools employ educational specialists. Educational specialists work with schools to optimize students’ progress. They may focus… Read More