• The following texts are very beneficial to teachers who work with students with disabilities.  Check back often, as this list will grow.
     Thinking Skills
    From Amazon.com:
    Packed with examples and tools, this practical guide prepares teachers across all grade levels and content areas to teach the most critical cognitive skills from the Common Core State Standards. Discover a doable three-phase model of explicit teaching, guided practice in content-based lessons, and authentic application in standards-based performance tasks that will strengthen students' ability to learn across the curriculum.


    - Discover the desired student proficiencies of the CCSS: critical thinking, creative thinking, complex thinking, comprehensive thinking, collaborative thinking, communicative thinking, and cognitive transfer.
    - Explore phase I, Talk-Through, during which teachers explicitly teach students a critical thinking skill.
    - Utilize the content-based lessons included in phase II, Walk-Through, when specific guidance will ensure proper application of the skill.
    - Learn how to make a direct connection between the selected thinking skill and the new standards with the CCSS performance tasks modeled in phase III.
    - Take advantage of online and print resources, a glossary, reproducibles, reflection questions, and more.

    From Amazon.com:
    Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
     Explicit Direct Instruction
     From Amazon.com:

    This teacher-friendly book presents step-by-step guidelines for implementing the EDI method to deliver effective lessons that can significantly improve achievement for all students, including English language learners and students with special needs. The authors provide detailed sample lessons and scenarios that illustrate EDI techniques in the classroom. Teachers at all grade levels can deliver solid instruction by implementing the components of EDI:

    • Checking for understanding
    • Setting lesson objectives
    • Activating prior knowledge
    • Developing students’ skills by explaining, modeling, and demonstrating
    • Presenting content
    • Using guided practice 

    The CDOS Office has two copies of this text.

     Book  A guide to break down the standards, their meaning, and strategies to teach them.  We have access to grades 6-8 and 9-12 in the CDOS Office.
     From Buffalo & Erie County Public Library:
    Disruptive behavior and lack of discipline are the most serious problems facing teachers today and are the main reason for the high attrition rate in the profession. Setting Limits in the Classroom offers proven techniques and sure-fire methods that work with children of all ages and temperaments. Teachers will be able to say good-bye to all the ineffective methods that wear them down and get them nowhere-no more reasoning, explaining, lectures or threats after learning the author's clear, easy-to-use approach. This completely updated and revised edition offers special tools for handling the "strong-willed" 10% of students who cause 90% of classroom problems.  Teachers of all grades will learn how to:
    * Set clear, firm limits in the classroom
    * Eliminate power struggles before they begin and handle disruptions quickly
    * Establish a climate of cooperation and respect
    * Support classroom rules with effective consequences
    * Use the encouragement process and avoid discouraging messages
    * Manage hyperactive and inattentive students
    * Conduct proactive, focused parent conferences
    From Amazon.com:

    Teachers give the highest marks to this bestselling classroom management guide—and now it's better than ever! Developed by Tim Knoster, a behavior expert and former teacher whose in-demand workshops have inspired thousands, this new edition is the friendly how-to book educators need to increase desired behavior in today's K–12 classrooms. The second edition weaves in timely NEW guidance for teachers implementing multi-tiered systems of support in tandem with positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), though it's still a great resource for teachers in more traditional school settings. With the time-efficient, research-based strategies—relayed with humor and vivid examples—teachers will unlock the mysteries of student behavior, prevent disruptions to learning, and support better outcomes for every student.

    • Successfully use multi-tiered systems of positive behavior support
    • Decode the motives behind students' behavior
    • Develop rapport with students while maintaining appropriate boundaries
    • Establish clear expectations for behavior in the classroom
    • Reinforce expected behavior throughout the day with positive supports
    • Skillfully redirect inappropriate student behavior
    • Apply proven Tier 2 RTI strategies with students who require additional supports
    • Use individualized, intensive Tier 3 strategies with students who pose special challenges

    PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Helpful tip sheets and classroom management tools, including an Expectations Planning Matrix, Behavior Progress Report, Behavior Contract, and more.  
    The CDOS Office has one copy on hand.