As special education teachers we must use every resource available to us to support our students. The MOST valuable resources that we have are our paraprofessionals. Whether you call them paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, or paraeducators the staff in your room can make or break your entire year!
Throughout my five years of teaching special education I have worked with 18 different teacher assistants! In this pack I have included my management secrets for working effectively and efficiently with paraprofessionals.
This guide includes 5 sections.
1. Creating a "Command Wall" for open and direct communication
2. Tips and printables for organization
3. A system for sharing knowledge
4. A Paraprofessional Handbook
5. Suggestions for getting to know your staff
I have found that implementing these 5 steps will make a world of a difference in your classroom.
I know every special education room runs differently this binder is editable and can be tailored to your needs.
Here's what is included
3 pages of directions/ suggestions for the "Command Wall"
3 pages of editable schedule templates
12 pages of a printable calendar
2 mini-posters for the "Command Wall"
7 mini- posters for the "Command Wall" including a note sheet, who's out, upcoming events, and daily changes
1 editable mini-poster for the "Command Wall"
3 printable inspirational quotes for the "Command Wall'
1 collaborative positive comments project
3 pages of directions/ suggestions for classroom organization
20 labels to organize classroom materials (in two sizes)
1 page of editable classroom labels
3 pages of printables for a clerical work system
1 editable student work plan
1 page of directions/ suggestions for sharing knowledge with staff
1 editable template for weekly staff meeting agendas
1 page of staff meeting suggested topics
1 meeting agenda binder cover
1 write down the rules directions/ suggestions
1 teacher assistant handbook cover sheet
1 editable table of contents page
1 editable general information page
1 editable paraprofessional expectations page
1 editable special education teacher expectation page
1 editable instructing students page
1 editable behavior management page
1 editable confidentiality page
1 blank editable page for handbook
1 getting to know you suggestions/ directions
3 getting to know you activities/ directions
directions and tags to make a paraprofessional survival kit
Thank you for taking the time to look at this pack. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.