This is the most comprehensive Para Handbook for Resource Teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers, totaling nearly 100 pages of resources for para educators and instructional assistants. Some schools have both Para educators and instructional assistants and are defined differently. This manual covers both
This manual has a PDF version and an editable version for your convenience to tweak for your school culture and district policies.
Table of Contents:
Getting Started (4 sheets: topics include classroom policies, new to the building, norms, and emergency procedures)
Roles and Duties (6 sheets: topics include clearly defined roles for administrators, educators, paraeducators, and teacher's assistants, do's and do not's)
Ethics and Inclusion (4 sheets: topics include confidentiality, respecting diversity, answering questions about disabilities, all students can learn)
(10 sheets: topics include disabilities related to the resource setting, teaching tips, and on the special education process)
Working With Students (6 sheets: topics include supporting social, emotional, behavioral, physical, intellectual development, motivation students, building rapport, and integrating technology)
Supporting Instruction (3 sheets: topics include using prompts, supporting teacher's instruction, checklist for small group instruction)
General Education Classroom (3 sheets: topics include establishing rapport with teachers, supporting instruction in the content area classroom, establish clear expectations with the general education teacher)
(13 sheets: topics include ignoring behaviors, extinction burst, giving specific praise, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, using rewards as motivator, prevention strategies, response strategies, inadvertently reinforcing unwanted behaviors, giving redirections, stating expectations, de-escalation, behaviors intervention plan, and functional behavior assessment)
(11 sheets: topics include organizing materials, organizing binder, textbook and reading strategies, worksheet strategies, note taking strategies, test strategies, homework strategies, staying on task impulsivity, hyperactivity, and memory strategies)
Accommodations and Modifications (4 packets: topics include teacher's assistant and paraeducator roles, accommodations versus modifications, questions about adaptations, examples of adaptations)
Data Collection (2 sheets: topics include observation, and recording data)
This makes a total of 63 topic sheets/handouts/packets.
There are 11 summary sheets for each topic (excluding getting started) to quickly glance and summarize each chapter.
Are you looking for a paraeducator handbook for the behavior program instead? Same topics but with the behavior program in mind. Check it out Here!
What about for a self-contained setting with students with moderate to severe disabilities? Check it out Here!