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Reread the conversation between Tanisha (the mother) and Shelley (the parapro) in light of what you’ve learned from his unit: 

Tanisha: 
I’m just so mad at the kids who pick on James in that math class! Miss McGregor is clueless. I can’t talk to her. 

Shelley: 
Yeah, she’s a new teacher. She has a lot to learn. 

Tanisha: 
No kidding! She needs to learn it fast. 

Shelley: 
It won’t be fast enough for James, I’m sorry to say. Sometimes I wonder where they find these teachers! 

Tanisha: 
Do you think I should move James to a different school? Would that make things better? 

Shelley: 
Maybe. Well, I don’t think anybody’s gonna do much for James  here. He’s a sweet kid, but lots of kids here are just mean. Their parents don’t care, like you do!  I’m real sorry for James. Maybe it would be a good idea to get him out of here. 

Tanisha: 
Thanks Shelley, you’re a good friend. I’m gonna think some more about this. I wish you could come with us to the new school! 

Take Notes

  1. How could Shelley have used better discretion? 
  2. What’s missing that would have helped Shelley be more dependable? 
  3. Is Shelley being impartial here? Why or why not? (This is not like breaking up a fight…or is it?) 
  4. Based on what you’ve learned in this module, how would you respond to Tanisha’s claim that the teacher is “clueless”?  
  5. How might Shelley’s communication help both the team and James in this situation? 

Module: Communication and Collaboration

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