It takes a certain type of special to be in classrooms day in and day out, helping students with disabilities navigate academics, social, and emotional paths that are not always clearly labeled.
So for this last week of November that we will post, we wanted to remind folks of our thanks that we know how hard they are working.
As we often teach our students with disabilities manners, manners between adults go quite far. It is about being a model and a role model.
We have seen paraeducators take the time to help shape more positive behaviors and know that it takes more than a day, more than a week, more than a school year. And the results have paid off.
We have seen paraeducators work tirelessly collaborating with general education teachers and get modifications to students to have academic successes and understand some complex materials.
We have seen paraeducators help change the minds of teachers who have never had students with disabilities.
And for all these things that paraeducators do and the things we have not mentioned, we are thankful. Thankful that there are paraeducators both veterans and rookies reaching out to each other and growing and helping the schools be the best possible campuses for the districts all over the country.
There is still a lot of work needed for the campuses across the country to be inclusive, but that work will continue to come together.
Before we end, we will not be posting a blog next week for the annual tradition of U.S. Thanksgiving. We hope you have time to take a moment and be thankful for family (given and accepted), health, and community.
ParaEducate will be off next week for a federal holiday in the United States. Do you have any questions about this week’s blog? Do you want to offer a guest blog? Find ParaEducate online here, here, here, here, and on our website. ParaEducate is a company interested in providing materials, information, and strategies for people working in special education inclusion settings for grades K-12. ParaEducate, the blog, is published weekly during the academic school year on Thursdays, unless a holiday. ParaEducate shares their findings at conferences, through their books, and their academic adaptations.