## Use Visualization Strategies to Help Students Solve Math Word Problems

Visualization facilitates comprehension, memory and recall, and problem solving. It is a critical component of problem representation, yet many students do not use this important process in learning. Using Visualization to Solve Math Word Problems The visualization...

## Think-Aloud Strategy Helps Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Solve Math Word Problems

To solve a math word problem, students must be able to read it for understanding. Students with autism spectrum disorder may have difficulty with reading comprehension. In those cases, teachers might embed comprehension strategies to support their learning. ...

## Workplace Manners: An Essential Job-Related Social Skill

September has been targeted as a month for remembering to use manners—whether in school, the community, at home, or in the workplace. But why limit the focus on manners to only September? In a USA Today article (p. 5B, 9-8-18), “Why You Gotta Be So Rude? Spot These...

## Job Clubs: A Fun Way to Learn Job-Related Social Skills

Afterschool job clubs can be both instructive and fun for students. They provide an opportunity for older students to learn and practice important job skills while interacting with their peers. The afterschool job club may be offered to students who have work or...

## Asking Questions: An Essential Job-Related Social Skill

You’ve heard it before: Student: “I know this is a stupid question but …” Teacher: “No, there are no stupid questions.” But are there so-called “stupid” questions? And if so, should students have an opportunity to learn what an acceptable question looks like, as well...

## Use Self-Regulation Strategies When Teaching Math Word Problem Solving

When teaching math word problem-solving skills, self-regulation strategies help students take control of their actions, make appropriate decisions, and become independent problem solvers. These strategies are taught during initial lessons when students learn steps...

## Solve It!: An Evidence-Based Approach to Teaching Math Word Problem Solving

Why does Solve It! stand out as a solid approach to teaching math word problem solving? One reason—it is evidenced-based. To be evidence-based, an instructional approach must be informed—or based on—objective evidence. While objective evidence usually is considered...

## Apologizing: An Essential Job-Related Social Skill in the Workplace

Consider the many opportunities throughout a typical work day that employees might be expected to use the job-related social skill apologizing: The customer complains that the soup you just served is cold. A co-worker is upset because you broke his favorite mug. The...

## Job-Related Social Skills: What Employers Want in 2018

Of all the skills that employers look for, it might surprise you—or come as no surprise at all—that job-related social skills are at the top of the list along with hard or technical content skills required for the position. Sometimes called “soft skills,” job-related...

## Why Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Have Difficulty with Math Word Problem Solving

Why Do Some Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Have Difficulty with Math Word Problem Solving? Three Cognitive Theories May Help Explain Why Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) frequently have difficulty with math word problem solving. Students with ASD...