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What if someone is not giveing info on what subject there doing?

Apr 5, 2014 12:18pm

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • 5-12
  • Assessment / Class Culture / Coaching / Common Core / Differentiation / English Language Learners / Planning / Special Education

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    • Apr 10, 2014 11:35am

      Gianna-

      I'm not exactly sure what you're asking. Could you clarify?

      Thanks,
      Katie

      • May 2, 2014 12:50pm

        If you are asking about handling the tech side to a classroom program without getting input from the classroom teachers, I might have a suggestion. First, get familiar with the textbook. Teachers often do not think other members of the support staff will be able to add to the curriculum. By knowing what is being covered, you can ask if specific skill practice or enhancement will assist them. Also, the students can give you guidance as to what assignments they are doing in class.

        My program uses software linked to NWEA testing results. That puts students into a learning path automatically. I can then add or remove activities to adjust the plan. When I learn a teacher will be introducing a new topic or has had to repeat instruction, I can put learning activities directly into her students' folders. As time goes by, I develop more trust in the collaboration process because students show success. Once I am able to show that collaboration actually lessens the teacher's workload, I get far more cooperation.

        Remember that every new program feels like another weight put onto already overworked teachers. A support teacher can be a welcome member of the team by showing that you can help remove some of the load. Don't add to the work by demanding information you can access through other channels. A little empathy can go a long way.

        Best wishes,
        Heidi