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Module: Helping with Instruction

Introduction to the Module

This module is designed for paraprofessional educators who seek to understand the instructional process and possibly expand their role on a team with responsibility for providing instruction. Based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning, the module offers guidance about how to collaborate with a supervising teacher and other members of an instructional team to help students learn.

The module is organized, each of which presents a topic about instruction. The choice of the topics to include and the content provided about each topic reflect current thinking in the field of education. The discussion steers clear of instructional fads, and instead draws attention to practices with strong support from both theory and research.

Topics in this unit are:

Each unit includes various learning activities. An overview summarizes the major ideas presented in the unit; a video webinar presents relevant information. Several other materials (e.g., activities, tools for the field) help the paraprofessional educator (and other readers of the module) think about the information and practice the skills that the unit presents. Many of the units also include documents providing links to relevant on-line resources.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of the module, Helping with Instruction, the paraprofessional educator will meet the following Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) objectives and the following Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation (OPEPP) objectives as they pertain to the support of reading instruction.

Source of Standard

Standard Number

Domain of Practice

Standard

CECP4K1KnowledgeConcept of evidence-based practice
CECP8K1KnowledgePurposes of assessment
CECP1S1SkillUse basic educational terminology
CECP3S3SkillImplement levels of support appropriate to academic and social-emotional needs  of individuals with exceptionalities as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S3SkillSupport individuals’ with exceptionalities use of self-assessment, problem-solving, and other cognitive strategies as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S4SkillAs determined by the instructional team use strategies to facilitate maintenance and generalization of skills
CECP4S7SkillSupport the use of learning strategies and study skills to promote acquisition of academic content as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S8SkillUse instructional strategies and materials as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S9SkillAdapt instructional strategies and materials as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S10SkillModify pace of instruction and provide organizational cues as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S13SkillUse an individual’s responses and errors, especially a pattern of errors, to guide next instructional steps and provide ongoing feedback as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S14SkillRe-teach and reinforce essential concepts and content across the general curriculum as determined by the instructional team
CECP6S6SkillSupport the use of strategies with individuals with exceptionalities to remember verbal and written directions as determined by the instructional team
CECP7S3SkillUse instructional time effectively
CECP7S5SkillUse age and ability appropriate instructional strategies, technology, and materials for individuals with exceptionalities as determined by the instructional team
CECP8S1SkillRecord information in various formats as determined by the instructional team
CECP9S13SkillReflect on one’s performance to improve practice
OH1.2SkillSupport the use of effective and culturally responsive instructional strategies in reading and mathematics, as determined by the instructional team
OH1.3SkillAdapt strategies and materials, and differentiate instruction in response to student need, as determined by the instructional team
OH1.4SkillImplement academic interventions to address student needs, as determined by the instructional team
OH1.5SkillObserve and collect data as part of progress monitoring as determined by the instructional team
OH1.6SkillFacilitate small-group instruction, as determined by the instructional team
OH4.3SkillHelp student gain exposure to words and numbers to develop literacy and numeracy skills; incorporate literacy into everyday activities, as determined by the instructional team

 

Module: Helping with Instruction

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