"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." - Henry Ford
The paraeducator and teacher benefit from discussing the following issues related to their roles and responsibilities:
- Goals for the class.
- Responsibilities of the paraeducator as well as the teacher.
- Each other's areas of expertise.
- Schedule for planning time.
- Methods for evaluating students.
- Instructional methods to be used in the classroom.
- School and class rules.
- Discipline procedures.
- Routines and organization of the classroom.
In addition, the paraeducator and teacher benefit from identifying how they will be sensitive to the issues listed below:
- Attitudes and feelings of both paraeducator and teacher.
- The similarities and differences among team members.
- The development of common vocabulary.
- The need for clear directions and feedback from the teacher.
- Willingness of the paraeducator to ask questions.
- How the team will actively create a climate of cooperation.
Source: Adapted from Guide for Effective Paraeducator Practices in Iowa.
Iowa Department of Education. January 1998.
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