Tracy Rosen writes about Collaboration for student success: teachers and para-educators working together. She discusses a workshop on successful teacher/paraeducator collaboration:
Basically this is what we decided was key - it is essential for teachers and para-educators to have a clear and common vision of what each of their roles and responsibilities are towards the classroom and the students in it. The only way this can happen is by talking about it.
Her post gives a good overview of some of the key points from their discussion and suggests these questions that para's can ask the teacher in the classroom to facilitate better communication:
- What are your expectations of me as a para-educator?
- How can I best help this classroom?
- What is most important for you in regards to classroom management? being on time? how I intervene with a student or group of students?
Do you know the answers to all of these questions?