Introductory Challenge

If you are already working as a special education paraprofessional or preparing to work in that role, you may recognize that the role is complex. It involves such tasks as helping students move from place to place, eat meals, communicate, and take care of personal needs. Helping with instruction may not be a large part of what you now do or imagine for the future.

But helping with instruction is becoming more important in the work lives of paraprofessionals. Increasingly you may be asked to serve as an active member of the instructional team. What responsibilities might you assume as a member of the instructional team? What responsibilities will your supervising teacher take on? How will the two of you communicate about instructional matters?

Think about these questions as you view the webinar, review the written materials, and complete the activities in this unit. Perhaps you might want to jot down some preliminary answers to the questions. At the end of the unit, we will revisit these three questions as a way to review what you have learned through your work with this unit.