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Suggestions For Becoming A More Successful Paraeducator

by Kathy Davidson

Learn the names of pupils immediately.

Learn as much about each pupil as quickly as possible.

Lend personal assistance to pupils as quickly as possible.

Consult often with the teacher as to how you can help.

Give encouragement to pupils wherever and whenever you can.

Praise pupil's effort and success.

Be patient in dealing with pupils.

Become familiar with the school building, grounds, and personnel.

Learn the routine of the school day.

Get acquainted immediately with emergency procedures.

Learn the locations and proper use of equipment.

Get acquainted with school policy as it applies to you and your work.

Practice observing in a meaningful way every chance you get.

Inform the teachers with whom you work of any special talents or interests and of special experiences you have had.

Watch carefully how the teacher deals with and directs pupils.

Exchange telephone numbers with your teacher and get phone numbers of school.

Get acquainted with other staff members.

Be mature in your conduct and demonstrate that you are a responsible person.

Ask for clarification when you do not understand an assignment or suggestion.

Be on time and leave at an appropriate time.

Be flexible and creative.

Always conduct yourself as you would if a child's parent was sitting in the room.

Pay close attention to students' mannerisms:  how does the student show frustration - watch for and identify signals.

Look for teachable moments.

Learn what you can about the students' disability.

If something isn't working, stop and try something else.

Suggestions For Becoming A More Successful Paraeducator

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