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Just starting a new job as a para. Looking for some advice or words of wisdom.

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sea2002 05-02-2016 04:09 PM


I know its been some time now since you have been in the position but I can tell you this is a very rewarding job. Its not always easy but its great knowing we are helping other students. I work understand the SPED teacher and take direction from the classroom teachers in what the assignment is for the students to help them. I have only had to write a student up once but I worked with the classroom teacher to do so. Normally, if I have behavioral issues with students I talk with the teacher but I also have a good working relationship with all the teachers at my school. They all enjoy having me because I also help others not just students with IEP's.

Tsy2013 03-27-2016 09:10 AM

Congrats, I know I'm late, but I was a Para for 5 years and loved it, now I'm a teacher year 3. My Para tries to take over the class, screams during small group, takes recess away even when she should not, please don't be like that!

twin2 01-20-2016 06:04 PM

Paras generally work under the teacher. Read your school systems outline of your duties - that may be in your employment contract or in a para handbook issued by the school system. Understand where you are to get direction -- in some cases it would be the special ed teacher for that grade level. In other cases it might be the actual classroom teacher. From time to time, ask the teacher if he/she feels you are doing what is expected, things you should do differently, and of course what you are doing right. That would be a good time to tell the teacher what you see in your student(s) as strengths and challenges since you last spoke to the teacher about the student(s). Also, be prepared by looking over lesson plans and activities provided for the day. Think through each task to be sure you will not have questions during instruction time.

I truly enjoyed being a para. I was blessed to work with supportive teachers who cared about their students.

Munchkins 01-17-2016 01:17 PM

And congratulations! I would ask the person I working with this question: What are 3 things you always want me to do, and 3 things you never want me to do?

And then, do your best, be kind and dependable. And enjoy those kids!

Welcome to PT, the best place to hang out in the whole World Wide Web!

librarygeek1 01-17-2016 12:39 PM

Just starting a new job as a para. Looking for some advice or words of wisdom.

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