Written in a reader-friendly style with tons of examples and suggestions for teachers of inclusion classrooms, Teacher's Survival Guide: The Inclusion Classroom addresses the most important issues new teachers face when working with students with disabilities. The book includes reproducible pages, tip sheets, and checklists, along with a detailed resource list-all of which teachers can use immediately to transform the inclusion classroom into a successful learning environment.
Topics covered include professional expectations, collaborating with other teachers and therapists, establishing parent relationships that enhance communication, understanding legal issues affecting students with disabilities, creating an effective learning environment that meets all students' needs, managing the classroom, using technology wisely, assessing student progress, and planning successful academic instruction. Intended as a guide for new inclusion teachers or those who need a refresher course on working with mixed-ability learners, this book will be a resource teachers will rely on again and again.
About the Authors:
Richard T. Boon, associate professor at The University of Georgia and colleague Vicky G. Spencer, assistant professor at George Mason University, have more than 30 years of combined experience in the field of special education. Their research has focused on cognitive-strategy instruction for students with mild to moderate disabilities.
Cynthia G. Simpson, Ph.D., has more than 16 years of experience in the public and private sector as a preschool teacher, special education teacher, elementary teacher, educational diagnostician, associate professor of education, and administrator. She currently is an associate professor and program coordinator for special education in the College of Education at Sam Houston State University.
Jeffrey P. Bakken, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Special Education at Illinois State University. He has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and graduate degrees in the area of special education-learning disabilities from Purdue University. Dr. Bakken is a teacher, consultant, and scholar. His specific areas of interest include transition, teacher effectiveness, assessment, learning strategies, and technology.