The Importance of Para Feedback

Dick, who is a special education teacher and parent of two boys with developmental disabilities writes about the need for special education teachers to provide effective feedback:

I have yet to meet a teacher who had spent time systematically training their paras and giving them regular feedback. If the paras are fortunate, they will get an annual evaluation. By then, it is too late to make any real improvements.

He then contrasts the experience of a Para in two different situations- one where she was simply expected to follow the example of the teacher and the other where she received both training and feedback.

What experiences have you had with feedback or a lack thereof?

If you are interested, check out some of his other posts on paraeducators.


1 Comment


I agree completely with the no feedback problem. Every year we get a job evaluation about a week before school is out, so if we did something that bothered someone back in September it pops up in May, or if you did something wrong all year long and nobody said anything they bring it up in May. Then to top it off, if you get anything on your job evaluation that is marked, "needs improvement" during the summer you get a letter at home that is sent to your principal and put in your file staing that you need improvement in this area and if you do not improve it could endanger your position. Oh yes, and the assistant principal does my evaluation, we don't work together at all, I report to the dean of students. Sometimes I just feel like a a piece of office equipment.