This Week's Question
When working with a new paraprofessional, what are some things you need to remember to tell them as you are introducing/ training them into a new classroom or school?
It's important for a paraprofessional to know what the rules and expectations are for your classroom and the school, just as you would communicate them to your students. You should also have a frank discussion for the ways in which you want and expect them to be involved in your classroom. For example, will they just hang with the students they're assigned to, will they teach small groups (high or low?), will they have a role in whole class lessons? The relationship works best when everyone knows what the expectation is from the beginning.
I would also suggest discussing the different techniques you use for managing behaviors to encourage consistency, who to consult for different questions or issues (i.e. neighboring teachers, the school psychologist, a social worker, office staff, cafeteria staff, special education teachers they need to know), and where important items are kept (supply closet, book rooms, etc.).