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Copy of Copy of Para Professional Development 1/27/12
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This presentation will include:
A definition of a Paraprofessional and a description of their role and responsibilities in the schools
Understanding the students' emotional and academic needs
Small Group Instruction- Comprehension and Fluency
Reading and Math Activities without worksheets- Foldables
Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework (Teacher/Para Roles)
The following is cited in NCLB as appropriate roles for paraprofessionals
Providing one-on-one tutoring for eligible students;
Assisting with classroom management (such as organizing instructional and other materials);
Providing assistance in a computer lab;
Providing support in a library or media center;
Acting as a translator;
Providing, under the direct supervision of a teacher, instructional services.
What are para professionals?
PARAPROFESSIONALS are school/agency employees
Whose positions are either instructional in nature or who provide other direct services to children and youth and/or their families.
Who work under the supervision of teachers or professional practitioners who are responsible for a) the design, implementation, and assessment of learner progress, and b) the evaluation of the effectiveness of learning programs and related services for children and youth and/or their families (Pickett, 1989).
PARAPROFESSIONALS are school/agency employees who assist and support teacher directed instruction (Gerlach, 2003)
Students Emotional and Academic Needs
Create a Safe Atmosphere- feel that mistakes are part of the learning process.
See Students as Individuals-meet their individual needs and challenged them to reach their full potential.
Establish a Support Network- network of administrators, teachers, special education professionals, and counselors who continually share information about our students.
Listen, challenge and focus on strengths.
Get to know your students and their interests.
Work as a team
Build and maintain effective communication
Maintain student-centered supportive environments
Implement lessons initiated by the teacher or related-service personnel
Assess student needs and progress under teacher direction.
Learn school policies and procedures
Perform assigned tasks
Support curriculum and instruction
Deal with student behavior
Work with teachers and other supervisors
Assist students with special needs
Obtain training and professional development
Maintain ethics and professionalism
Help improve student's self-esteem
Keep Tabs on Students- connect with students on a more personal level.
Build Small, Real-Life Connections-create a more relaxed atmosphere that supports academic
Listen To Your Students - pay attention to their emotional needs.
Acknowledge Correct Responses- acknowledge when they answer something correctly.
Don't Avoid Criticism- give two positive comments for every constructive criticism comment
Teaching without worksheets
Small Group Instruction
Small group instruction and guided reading are critical components of the reading block.
Guided reading, as defined by Fountas and Pinnell, is a teaching approach designed to help individual students learn how to process a variety of increasingly challenging texts with understanding and fluency.
Small groups are made up of students with similar instructional reading levels and learning needs. Through guided reading, students learn how to develop and use strategies to construct meaning from text.
Teachers pull small groups for guided reading while other students are engaged in practice activities or other valuable literacy work.
Small group guided reading lessons should be carefully planned in advance of the lesson. In this video, the teacher will work with a small group of ESL first grade students.
What new learning did you walk away with today?
Teaching without worksheets
There are over 21 titles for “paraprofessionals”
What would you want your title to be?
…a rose by any other name…
What is your current role as a Para? What responsibilities do you have? Discuss.
How will you meet your students emotional and academic needs? Four Corners Activity
Write 10 strategies you liked and pretend you are the teacher and your team members your students to model a GR Lesson.
When are worksheets useful?
Let's make some foldables!
Questions and Comments
What is a paraprofessional?
Ice Breaker- ABC's of Me
Motivating Children Handout
Enjoy your 15 minute break!
Comprehension and Fluency handouts
Gradual Release Model
15 min. break
"Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth."