A Teacher's Guide to Working with Paraeducators and Other Classroom Aides

By Jill Morgan; Betty Y. Ashbaker | Go to book overview

8
Troubleshooting
In this chapter we give you some suggestions for what we hope will be the rare occasions when you encounter roadblocks in the successful supervision of your paraeducator. We cover what we have found to be some of the most common difficulties encountered by teachers, as well as the solutions that they have suggested, and discuss them as a series of “what if” questions. The two major questions we address are these:
What if your paraeducator resists your offers of providing training for her and becomes defensive when you offer her resources and information?
What if, despite the training you provide in the classroom or training that your paraeducator receives through the school district, her skills in certain areas do not improve?

If you find yourself in one of the situations outlined in this chapter, you should first examine what you have done (or not done). Reviewing each of the suggested chapters will be helpful. However, sometimes you reach a point at which you can do no more. When you work with other people, you have to accept that they may see things very differently from you. Even if they agree with you in principle, they may not be quite as eager as you are to put the principles into practice. Don’t forget: you are probably not just an average teacher. The fact that you are reading this book and trying to enhance your skills and make improvements to your classroom suggests that you are constantly striving for higher standards in your work and want to do everything possible to make that happen. Not everyone is that committed.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction v
  • 1 - Leading the Classroom Instructional Team 1
  • 2 - Assigning Roles and Responsibilities 12
  • 3 - Improving Communications 23
  • 4 - Monitoring the Quality of Your Paraeducator’s Work 41
  • 5 - Providing on-the-Job Training 50
  • 6 - Creating a Feedback Loop 67
  • 7 - The Logistics 76
  • 8 - Troubleshooting 84
  • 9 - Practicing What You’Ve Learned 88
  • References and Resources 97
  • Index 99
  • About the Authors 102
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