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Best Practice: Special Educators and Paraeducators in Your Classroom

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Michael Lybarger

on 11 August 2016

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Transcript of Best Practice: Special Educators and Paraeducators in Your Classroom

Best Practice
Think about the role of the special
educator in your classroom?
Let's look at 7 different ways special educators can be utilized in your room effectively.
1. Small Group Teaching
Both you and the special educator teach groups the same content.
improve STR
different part of room (or school)
2. Station Teaching
Let the special educator run a center!
allows the special education student(s) to be in small, differentiated, groups.
3. Parallel Teaching
4. Teach and Elaborate
One teaches content while one teaches same content with alternative materials or modified level.
One teaches and one elaborates.
5. Teach and Complement
One teaches content while another teaches/models a complementary skill.
dictionary skills
social skills
6. Teach and Support
One teaches and one supports.
The supporter may move about the room to:
answer questions
check work
maintain on-task behavior
However, support can also be:
writing notes
filling out agenda
there are endless possibilities
7. Teach and Show
One teaches while one demonstrates.
One demonstrates a math problem while one bullets out the steps.
One covers content while one demonstrates notetaking.
One delivers content while one shows a concrete example.
Let's review.
What kind of instructional arrangement does this look like?
How about this?
And this?
How about this?
Last one.
All done.
Think about the skills we listed at
our training on Tuesday...
Using the special educator in your classroom with efficacy!
Michael Lybarger (Revision 2016)
Some other BEST Practice items to consider:
Student accommodations and modifications:
These can now be found easily in Aspen
Seminar is a perfect time for this! - extended time for tests/quizzes - reading and/or scribing
Who are our special educators?
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