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Old 11-20-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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I have to agree with the last 2 posters.

The students who are in the most need, need the most research based and systematic instruction. Often times this instruction is only taught to qualified teachers (sped teachers and reading specialists most of the time, but not all). That's not to say that para-pros are not valuable and necessary it's just to say that sometimes these specific instructional strategies are only taught under the guidance of advanced coursework.

The speech teacher definitely could have phrased her comment better. There is no need to say "the least qualified staff" because that is not necessarily true. Perhaps, she should have worded it differently. I definitley don't think that para's are under-qualified, least qualified, or bad teachers. I think they can be amazing at what they do.

I also don't understand why you would have to be spending outside work time, researching and developing outside materials. This is definitely not something I have my para's do. What I may have them do is take time to prepare materials during prep's or other time during class, but it is not in their job description to spend hours at home developing and researching material. That is my job as the lead teacher. You definitely aren't paid enough to take on all this extra responsibility. Does you lead teacher rely on you to plan lessons, make materials, etc.?
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