As a new teacher, you may not have considered your working relationship with the various education professionals who will help teach your students. Most likely you will have students who need additional resources to succeed, so you might have a special education teacher, ELL specialist, and one or more paraprofessionals (also called teaching assistants) working with your students and you.
Whether these education professionals work in or out of your classroom, it is vital to everyone’s success to develop a good co-teaching partnership. It is especially important when a paraprofessional is in your classroom full-time or on a regular basis. Though a paraprofessional’s duties may already be in place when you come into the classroom, it helps to realize the various ways that these educational assistants can contribute to the classroom.