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1 The Educational Assistant Classroom Partner Revised July 2010

2 2 Four Pillars for the Educational Assistant Role in the Classroom 1.Support for the Student Support for all pupils with whom the EA comes into contact 2.Support for the Teacher EA performs a number of routine tasks 3.Support for the Curriculum EA is engaged in important aspects student performance 4.Support for the School EA is not just part of the staff; they are part of a team

3 3 Levels of Collaboration Collaboration might take place at any or all phases of the teaching- learning process and in varying forms of formality. A continuum could be applied to help categorize depth of collaboration. Collaboration does not always neatly fall into these categories. “The propensity for teachers’ collaborative work to defy categorization is testimony to the complexity and fluidity of life in schools.” (Cousins, 1994) Joint-Implementation: Team-teaching with shared responsibility for delivering instruction and assessing a group of students. Formal Planning: Set objectives, design instruction, offer mutual help and advice, routinely share materials and methods Teacher Independence: Informally share observations, ideas, and materials

4 4 Good Practice The Educational Assistant: Helps with the inclusion of all students Has awareness of and assists with planning for class curriculum expectations Assists the teacher with follow-up for students through reinforcement and practise of the learning Assists with student development of social skills Assists by facilitating behaviour policies Spots early signs of bullying and disruptive behaviour Assists students to remain on task Foster the participation of students in the social and academic processes of a school

5 5 The Educational Assistant: Helps raise the self-esteem of children Assists individual students in educational tasks Frees the teacher to work with groups and individuals Assists students with physical needs/medical needs Displays a friendly, healthy relationship with the teacher, each valuing the other’s role Models respect and kindness Is intuitive to opportunities to allow student growth toward independence Good Practice Enable students to become more independent learners

6 6 Good Practice The Educational Assistant: Is involved with the whole class Makes more ambitious learning activities possible Reinforces and practises concepts/skills introduced by the teacher Provides feedback to the teacher Prepares classroom materials Helps with gathering lesson/unit plan resources Assists by being vigilant and intuitive to student and teacher needs Ensures open, professional communication with the teacher Shares information with the teacher Shares personal care and safety information with the parent where applicable Helps to raise standards of achievemen t of all students

7 7 Good Practice The Classroom Teacher: Differentiates the roles of teacher and Educational Assistant Models and nurtures a mutually respectful relationship with EA(s) Ensures EA participation in planning Creates a climate that encourages high- quality EA input Develops feedback mechanisms Shares behaviour management structures Ensures EA(s) is informed of the learning and behavioural needs of students Includes EAs in IEP reviews Is the communicator with the home regarding student program Create and maintain the Classroom Team

8 8 Roles and Responsibilities Instruction Teacher RolePlan all instruction, including small group activities and guide the work of the EA Provide instruction in whole-class, group and to individual students in the class Educational Assistant Role Work with small groups of students on specific tasks including review, reinforcement and practise of concepts and skills already taught by the teacher Work with one student at a time to provide intensive instruction or remediation Free the teacher to work with individuals and small groups Ensure personal care and safety of students Areas of Communication Teachers provide specific content and guidance about curriculum, students, and instructional materials EAs note student progress and give feedback to teachers

9 9 Roles and Responsibilities Curriculum and Lesson Plan Development Teacher Role Develop and introduce all lesson plans and instructional materials. Ensure alignment with standards, student needs, and IEPs Educational Assistant Role Provide assistance in development of classroom activities, gathering and retrieval of materials, and coordination of activities Areas of Communication Mutual review of lesson plan components prior to class Teachers provide guidance about specific instructional methods

10 10 Roles and Responsibilities Classroom Management Teacher Role Develop and guide class-wide management plans for behaviour and classroom structures Develop and monitor individual Behaviour Management plans Educational Assistant Role Assist with the implementation of class-wide and individual Behaviour Management plans Monitor hallways, playground, & other activities outside normal class with attention for student(s) with special needs Areas of Communication Teachers provide guidance about specific behaviour management strategies & student characteristics Educational Assistants note student progress & activities and give feedback to teachers

11 11 Roles and Responsibilities Accommodations and Modifications Teacher Role Determine IEP program for applicable students Incorporate accommodations and differentiated instruction into all lesson plans Develop materials to suit student learning needs Educational Assistant Role Guided by teacher and IEP, provide appropriate accommodations to material (enlarged print, taking notes, reading material aloud, …) Areas of Communication Teachers guide EAs in the use of specific adaptations (from the IEP) Educational Assistants provide feedback about student progress and success of adaptations

12 12 Roles and Responsibilities Assessment Teacher Role Determine, create, and administer appropriate assessments Determine modifications and accommodations Use assessment results to inform future planning and curriculum development Educational Assistant Role Assist in the administration of assessments Implement accommodations Collect anecdotal student information Areas of Communication Teacher gives guidance about the content and implementation of all assessments EA gives feedback about student progress based upon learning expectations Mutual conversations about anecdotal information

13 13 Goal: Healthy Adult Working Relationships HOW: Building your own relationships within Classroom Teams Vision Assisting with the setting of personal goals for each adult to move toward implementation of the VisionHOW: assist principals with continuous improvement and effectiveness Teacher/Educational Assistant Work Relationship- Workshop In A Bag One way the LDCSB has to assist principals with continuous improvement and effectiveness of the classroom team is the use of the Teacher/Educational Assistant Work Relationship- Workshop In A Bag

14 T T ogether E E veryone A A chieves M More Team Henry Ford

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