Category Archives: Professionalism

Pause and Celebrate

The Storm The week here at ParaEducate started pretty normal. Monday came and went. Nothing seemed out of place. And then the absences started flying. People were sick. People were sharing germs. It got messy pretty quickly. Sick days are … Continue reading

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To The Strengths

What a student brings into the classroom can vary on any given day. Some bring tools to be able to do school. Others bring personal trauma and challenges that they can and cannot share. But when we look at the … Continue reading

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When You’re Not Working as a Team

When we ask Renay sometimes what to do when we don’t like some of our co-workers or our assignment, she says first thing, “Don’t bite them.” And we laugh and we say, “No, really I’m not getting along with that … Continue reading

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Connecting (More) Dots

No matter how hard we tried all week, we were at a loss for this week’s blog topic. First we were grappling with the tremendous loss in Pennsylvania and not being able to say words for something that continues to … Continue reading

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Veteran vs New Hire

Renay was telling us the other day how she had clearly become a veteran. There was a recent hire in the room helping her with direct instruction and on the other side of the room was a veteran paraeducator with … Continue reading

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Drinking From A Fire Hose

It is easy to get caught up in an educational passion. We’ve seen passionate Science teachers, English teachers, Kindergarten teachers, History teachers, fifth grade teachers, and many more. They not only love the content but they love the age the … Continue reading

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The Ostrich

There are all sorts of behaviors that students in a classroom exhibit when facing academic challenges. Whether the task is writing, reading, math, finding a question to ask about a topic over their head, lack of interest in the material, … Continue reading

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Unsteady

When Renay came in today, we could hear her shoes. Not because they were especially loud shoes, but we noticed they squeaked. When asked, Renay said, “They’re two months old, I’ve broken the air pocket. I’m averaging eleven thousand steps … Continue reading

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The Missed Teaching Moments

There was something that bothered Renay a lot this week. There was something echoing from a student, a side comment that Renay did not address right away. Instead, she let the student who made the comment continue on and have … Continue reading

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On Recharge

We have been off for weeks. And it’s sort of glorious to not have to go through the ins and outs of work. But the summer off for ParaEducate also means publication work. We were ambitious eight weeks ago. We … Continue reading

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