The number of teaching assistants and paraeducators working in schools is increasing. Today's classrooms are staffed not only by certified teachers, but also by other adults who may or may not have been formally trained as educators.
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- I'm trying to create my new personal “best” in the classroom.
- I love watching how my teacher gets students engaged in learning. I am learning so much!
- I am only a TA, but I strive to reach a new personal best by learning new techniques each week.
- I am a paraeducator assigned to a great secondary teacher. Each of us is unique, but each of us is equally valuable.
- To ensure that each of our team understands the goals and strategies, we meet each week to discuss goals and how we will reach them.
- When I don't understand why the teacher does something a certain way, I ask her. I've learned so many new strategies that way.
- Today is a good day! I love working with pupils!
- I like to know the goals the teacher has for each student. It helps me stay focused.
- Students need praise, but I found that my teacher/supervisor appreciates it, too.
- I didn't have a job description—so I asked for one. I'm so glad I did! Now I know what is expected of me.
- I love being in the classroom and watching learning happen.
- Give students continual praise. We all love praise for things well done.
- One child may learn what is taught quicker than another pupil. Patience is certainly a virtue for paraprofessionals.