Instruction from a PARA?

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Instruction from a PARA?
Sun, 12-25-2011 - 11:50pm

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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 1:24pm

Our district has cracked down on the teachers for that kind of progress report.

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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 10:00pm
I've never had a para work with Nathaniel but I have had the reading coach that works w/ the whole school work w/ him on some things instead of the spec ed teacher. I'm guessing that's b/c our spec ed teacher is spread pretty thin due to budget cuts. But the reading coach is also a certified teacher.
Did you ever find out what the PARAs credentials are?
And I'm just wondering...when you get those reports every 1/4 about his progress in spec ed what does it say? the reason I ask is b/c Nathaniel's never really tells me anything IMO. It just says 'making progress or goal not met' or something to that accord.


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Wed, 12-28-2011 - 8:51am

what does he currently get for writing help. My DS is 8 and has been seeing the occupational theropst since kindy over writing. Towards the end of first grade they introduced typing and the decision was made last year while his writing is progressing not a pace he will ever catch up to classload. Now we are having issues getting the computer use into classroom. Think he feels singled out so reluctant to ask to use, but at this point his work can be done via a computer vs writing but he still sees the OT once a week and she works on writing and also typing. Now as he goes up in grades not sure what will happen sounds like he will get a scrib, usually a para who will sit in class with

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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 2:46pm

My middle schooler has a special education para in virtually all classes (exception, her foreign language and special clases like gym, art), he helps her copy notes or other instructions as advised by the reg teacher, he is also support for other children who are on an IEP in the general ed classroom too.



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Registered: 05-02-2004
Mon, 12-26-2011 - 10:56am
Can you meet with the para and see what training she/he has? These days, with people out of work, the person may be well qualified, just unable to find a job that is up to the level that they would actually like.

Are they doing any focus on typing? My son they tested for the writing and ended up giving him a "Fusion". It is a word processor with word prediction in it (press the number of the word that they want, not like the Smart phones that just fills it in.) It also comes with a typing tutorial program. If he isn't at the level that you want, I would check to see if he can get something like this. My son got it with the goal of being able to do state testing, which has writing even for the math. (Which is a shame, he does so well with multiple choice. My daughter does better with the written, like I did, so I guess it evens out.)

When I suggested this to the school, I did so with saying that his test scores should go up on the state testing. (Something every school wants!) Last year he scored below level in math, and at bottom of grade level for reading on state testing. The week before he did a multiple choice test (MAP test) and scored way above grade level for both.