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Posted on October 19, 2014 10:44 pm
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eRazeg
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Paraprofessonal Issues
I teach kindergarten. I am having issues with my paraprofessional. Even when I ask her nicely to complete a task, she agrees to complete the task but then it does not get completed. I have spoken with administration regarding this issue and conferences have been held concerning her job performance. However, it will be after the conclusion of this school year that I may get a new paraprofessional. Any suggestions for the remainder of the school year?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 19, 2014 10:59 pm

Robyn Davis
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I'm sure you've have a personal conversation with her, but I would address the concern one additional time to determine why the tasks aren't being completed. As I ask her to complete assignments, I would still explain expectations for the task. If it still doesn't get done, I would document what is being asked of her and what isn't getting completed.
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Solution 2
Posted October 20, 2014 3:31 am

azesuz
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Try having a conversation with your paraprofessional outside of the school to resolve the issue in order to make it through the end of the school year. Also, try getting to know her on a more personal level.
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Solution 3
Posted October 20, 2014 12:42 am

Victoria Neely
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I have almost the opposite problem. She does her work, but is mean and unprofessional. I like you did and go to the administration. I was lucky and my admin set a meeting right away and we had a "knock down" about the attitude. It has gotten a little better, but you your case I would ask for parent volunteers to help with cutting and anything you may have. If she asks why you are asking the parents tell her the truth. The truth hurts.. and make sure she knows that her not completing her job has left you no choice, but to ask for parent volunteers. It will either do one of two things make her embarrassed or more lazy. Make sure you note each time a parent volunteer comes in and helps, have a log that they sign when they come in, so at the end of the year you have proof of this to show at the meeting that you had to reach out for more help. Plus that the parents get involved :-)
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Solution 4
Posted March 13, 2015 2:34 am

eQymyX
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I last thing that you want to do is to create a wall between you and your paraprofessional, because this is not fair to the children. Personally, I think that it is important to show your paraprofessional that you appreciate her. For example, there are days that I bring my paraprofessional breakfast to show her that she is appreciated. Doing little things to show that you care, will go a long way.
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Solution 5
Posted March 14, 2015 7:39 pm

aGudyS
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It is very important that you try to be professional yet friendly with your support staff. Talking with them about task are important. Focus on one thing at a time. Remember to try and "praise" or thank her for doing great when she does do a task and document it when she doesn't. There are only a few more months to the school year.
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Posted March 15, 2015 5:15 pm

Hytabu
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I have been on both sides of this situation. After finishing college, I would put into a paraprofessional position because there were not teaching openings. My lead teach was not the nicest, nor did she let me help her with anything important. She would "nicely" bark orders at me. It was not a fun situation. Maybe she feels as if she is not doing things good enough for you, and has given up. Which is by no means acceptable. Try to get to know her. Ask her how she is or if something is bothering her. Be friendly and try to make her feel comfortable with you. It is important to have a positive relationship with the people working with you.
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