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Tips for Paraeducators from Safe & Civil Schools

1Prepare for a positive year.

Yours can be a difficult and demanding job. You may be given a lot of responsibility, possibly without a lot of information and often without a lot of authority. You are likely to have several "bosses," including the school principal and various teachers, some of whom may not always communicate effectively with you or with each other. Your schedule may change frequently and without warning.

Paraeducators need to be flexible and willing to do whatever needs to be done. Try to maintain a positive mindset and to focus your energies on the students in your care.

2Understand the hierarchy of authority in your school.

Depending on your position, you may find that many staff members want your time and assistance.

Make sure you know who your primary supervisor is. If the situation warrants, find out who else may be supervising you in specific settings (for example, a classroom, the cafeteria, or on the playground).

At the beginning of the school year, create a schedule of your assignments throughout the day, making note of the location and immediate supervisor(s).

These tips are taken from ParaPro: Supporting the Instructional Process by Randy Sprick, Mickey Garrison, and Lisa Howard.