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Paraprofessionals in the Classroom A Survival Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-26
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This guide explores the roles and duties of K-12 paraprofessionals in both general education and special education settings. Using a straight-forward presentation, Paraprofessionals in the Classroom: A Survival Guide, 2/e covers topics such as behavior, teaching, assessment, and collaboration and outlines how paraprofessionals can support both students and teachers. Grounded in real classroom situations, it also addresses issues such as learner diversity, confidentiality, professionalism, role definition, and self- evaluation. This edition includes more details on supervision, new tactics for behavior management, and tear-out forms designed to help p Features a straight-forward presentationthat avoids research jargon and emphasizes practical applications. Includes additional activities at the end of each chaptercalled Extending Your Learning. Case Studiesalong with descriptions and follow-up questionsexpose readers to real-life classroom scenarios . Encourages readers to personalize chapter materialby offering Reflective Activitiesin each chapter. araprofessionals manage their daily tasks.

Author Biography

Dr. Betty Y. Ashbaker is an associate professor in counseling psychology and special education. Trained in elementary, special education, and administration, she has experience as a special education teacher, school district administrator, and professor. She has co-authored several books and articles about  her research on training and supervision of paraprofessionals, literacy for minority students, and school safety. At Brigham Young University, she teaches special education law, secondary transition, and introduction to special education courses.


Dr. Jill Morgan, distinguished author and teaching professional, has been training paraprofessional teacher teams for over 15 years throughout the US and UK. She is the co-author of numerous titles including A Teacher’s Guide to Working with Paraeducators (ASCD), Supporting and Supervising your Teaching Assistant, The TA’s Guide to ASD, How to be a Successful TA, and Behaviour Management all published by Continuum. Her research interests include the role of teaching assistants in the classroom and effective supervision of teaching assistants.

Table of Contents

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Section I: Background and Context
Chapter 1: Paraprofessional? What's That?
Chapter 2: Instructional Supervision

Section II: Instruction and the Learning Environment
Chapter 3: Critical Components of Effective Instruction

Chapter 4: Monitoring Instructional Effectiveness

Chapter 5: Organization and Management of the Learning Environment

Chapter 6: Learner Characteristics


Section III: Student Behavior and Classroom Management

Chapter 7: Influencing Behavior

Chapter 8: Recognition, Praise, and Sanctions

Chapter 9: Time as a Behavior Management Tool


Section IV: Professionalism

Chapter 10: Laws and Regulations Affecting Paraprofessionals’ Roles

Chapter 11: Professional and Ethical Behavior

Chapter 12: Reflection and Self-Evaluation


Section V: Appendix

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