Reflection On Working With Paraprofessionals

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After taking time to reflect on working with paraprofessionals, there seems to be a few things that both teachers and paras should keep in mind. First, organization is key; however, organization has to branch out to more than just what assignments the students are doing. The whole day has to be well organized. However, both the para and the teachers do still have to work together when developing and planning students’ curriculum on an individual basis. Each student is different, and as such, teachers and paras need to know how to work with each of them (Hardman, Drew, and Egan, 2013; Heller, Forney, Alberto, Best, and Schwartzman, 2009; Polloway, Patton, and Serna, 2013). Moreover, the teachers and paras have to be able to work with each student’s related service providers, in order to help the student build progress. It is important know what other goals the student has, so that supports for them can be implemented throughout the day. However, working with all of these individuals can have its conflicts, and it is vital for everyone to have the skills needed to find respectful resolutions (Hardman et al., 2013; Heller et al., 2009; Polloway, Patton, and Serna, 2013). Finally, educators need to be aware that miscommunications happen, and they need to able to calmly, and correctly explain how strategies or classroom protocols should be carried out to ensure that everyone is on the same page (Hardman et al., 2013; Heller et al., 2009; Polloway, Patton, and Serna, 2013;

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