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Overview

How can paraprofessionals communicate effectively with teachers they work with in the classroom? The classroom is a special place. This overview shows what that context is like and how it changes communication.

Four things relate to communication in the classroom context:

Role Distinctions and Role Clarity
Careful, Active Listening
Willingness to be Forthright
Follow Through

Para Roles

  • Make a list of your various roles around your school setting.
  • Did the speaker cover your specific roles?
  • Do you know your role?

Role Distinctions and Role Clarity

Effective communication in the classroom context requires shared understanding between paraprofessionals and teachers about their roles. 

  • Teachers are responsible for planning, teaching new concepts and skills, evaluating students’ performance, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction. 
  • Paraprofessionals provide assistance that supports planning, instruction, and evaluation.  

Using an evaluation system that is based in self assessment and offers regularly scheduled para/teacher meet-ups with discussion around their growth and needs can help paras feel like their work is valued. 

  • Take this Para Self Assessment.
  • Identify one goal you’d like to improve upon.  
  • Share your results and goal with your partner teacher.
  • Make a plan to work on it together.
  • Use ongoing communication to help you reach you goal. 

Intervention Specialist Roles

Plans, implements, and evaluates student learning experiences using a differentiated curriculum. Helps students manage behavior and make appropriate choices. Encourages parental involvement. Complies with state and Federal laws pertaining to the education of students with disabilities.

Module: Communication and Collaboration

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