Thank you for taking time to preview this resource; it provides specific information for support staff - paraprofessionals, aides, and classroom volunteers.
When there are two or more adults in a classroom relationships may become strained because job expectations are not clear, or lack of communication hinders relationships.It has been my professional experience that paraprofessionals and teachers benefit when there are written expectations; assumptions are lessened, making a day shared together in a classroom more positive. When expectations are defined, and there is a venue to communicate about concerns for both the paraprofessional and supervising teacher, open communication usually is the result.
However, when there are only assumptions of work expectations, dysfunction is often the end result between a paraprofessional and supervising teacher. This guide serves as tool to support the highest standards of professionalism between a paraprofessional, other educational personnel, related services personnel, and the supervising teacher.
This guide provides information to support co-workers with expectations about adult roles in an professional way:
Responsibilities and work expectations of support staff in a school setting;
A guide for working with students, in small groups;
Guidelines for understanding, and using multisensory supports;
Methods to communicate: professionally and productively;
Offers an objective viewpoint about job responsibilities and expectations
in a class setting, clarifying "unspoken topics" that need to be addressed;
Clearly identifies roles, expected behaviors of personnel in a class setting that
are conducive, not counterproductive.
This guide can help improve school personnel relationships – when adults work
well together, the students benefit! Over my 30+ years of teaching, it has been my honor to work alongside paraprofessional and related services personnel. My experiences have taught me that discussing "uncomfortable" situations before any may occur was the best proactive approach. So, please look at the preview file and get "a sense" of the benefits of this guide.
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