Have a welcome interview with your team. For example, a team might be a special educator, the general educator, and a paraprofessional. Learn more about one another and develop an initial understanding of your roles and responsibilities.
Is there anything to be gained by creating a culture in our schools where paraprofessionals (teaching assistants, aides, paras, para-pros, classroom assistants) are viewed as ‘less than’?
Paraprofessionals have a vital role in our schools. Often, as one parent expressed, paraprofessionals are the least paid, least trained people in the school community, yet they are often charged with caring for and academically supporting the most challenging and most needy students.
In order for collaboration to be effective, you need time to plan together. If you don’t have the time to discuss plans, review upcoming tests, consider recommended modifications and implementation of I.E.P. goals, it will be difficult if not impossible to have a successful inclusive classroom.
For paraprofessionals and teachers, in order to have a more harmonious and effective working relationship in the classroom, it is important to be on the same page with matters of concern.
The role of the paraprofessional in the classroom is often ill-defined and leaves too much room for interpretation which can contribute to frustration in the relationship between teacher and assistant. Here’s help.
Susan’s Specialized Blogs
- Accelerate Learning in Your Classroom May 22, 2016
- 12 Ways to Respond to Students’ Needs While Making Progress Together May 22, 2016
- 12 Ways to Help ESL and ELL Students May 22, 2016
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