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The Art of Synergy-Building Effective Teacher/Paraeducator Teams

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Presentation from the 2006 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference …

Presentation from the 2006 National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals Conference
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    • 1. Building Effective Teacher/ Paraeducator Teams Deanna Avis [email_address]
    • 2. STUDENTS REMEMBER:
      • 10% of what they READ
      • 20% of what they HEAR
      • 30% of what they SEE
      • 50% of what they SEE and HEAR
      • 70% of what they DISCUSS
      • 80% of what they EXPERIENCE by DOING
      • 95% of what they TEACH to OTHERS
              • William Glasser
    • 3. SYNERGY “ When two or more people work together to understand something, they create a phenomenon called synergy. Synergy lets us discover jointly what we are much less likely to discover by ourselves.” Covey, 1986
    • 4. ACTIVITY GOING IT ALONE OR TEAMING THINK-PAIR-SHARE
    • 5. BUILDING TEAMS
      • What makes up a team ?
        • Leader
        • Supporting team members
    • 6. Teams
      • An Effective Team
      • A unified group of people who join together in a cooperative problem-solving process to reach a shared goal.
      • Their mission is clear.
      • An Ineffective Team
      • Goals are unclear
      • Members are unprepared
      • Leadership is ineffective
      • Commitment to task is lacking
      • One-way communication about ideas; feelings are ignored.
    • 7. What is your role?
      • A VALUED team member:
        • Plans for the meeting
        • Contributes ideas to discussion
        • Listens to the ideas of others
        • Considers the problem(s) objectively
        • Contributes to the orderly conduct of the meeting.
    • 8. 10 Characteristics of a Well-Functioning Team
      • Purpose
      • Priorities
      • Roles
      • Decisions
      • Conflict
      • Risk
      • Effectiveness
      • Success
      • Training
      • Personal Traits
    • 9. Team Leadership Skills
      • Problem Solving Skills
      • Communication Skills
      • Stress Management Skills
      • Evaluation and Feedback Skills
      • Teamwork Skills
      • Technical Skills
      • Delegating Skills
    • 10. Problems a Team Leader May Have to Address:
      • Persons late to team meetings.
      • One person always having trouble with students.
      • Instructor expectations are not realistic.
      • Person is not a “team player”.
      • Person doesn’t pull equal weight.
      • Person corrects papers at team meeting.
      • Person has negative attitude.
      • Parent complains about one person.
    • 11. Problems (cont.)
      • Lack of team activities & commitment.
      • Complains of length & number of meetings.
      • Kids complain about one person.
      • Ineffective supervision of teacher and/or paraeducator.
      • SOLUTION: As a team discuss the above prior to any problems.
              • Source Unknown
    • 12. Valued Traits & Abilities
      • Be honest & dependable.
      • Be reliable & punctual.
      • Get along well with people.
      • Cooperate with supervisors.
      • Accept & handle responsibility
      • Read with understanding.
      • Possess entry level job skills & knowledge.
      • Be willing to undergo further job skill training.
      • Think of self as a worthy person.
      • Communicate orally and listen effectively.
      • Work with minimum supervision.
      • Solve personal and professional problems.
    • 13. Team Qualities
      • Agree to work on a solution until ALL members are satisfied
      • Listen respectfully, empathetically, and actively to other’s opinions
      • Generate possible solutions
      • Discuss the pros and cons of each
      • Don’t fall into the trap of planning a rebuttal while another member is talking. Focus on their perspective and ideas .
    • 14. Communication Styles
      • Passive/non assertive
      • Aggressive
      • Assertive/Positive
    • 15. Strategies for Effective Communication
      • Be receptive to the ideas & concerns of others.
      • Encourage others to ask for clarification and instructions, and to ask for assistance when needed.
      • Develop a shared vocabulary & system of non-verbal cues
      • Work together to create a climate of cooperation, trust , and loyalty.
      • Respect individuality & differences in backgrounds, values, & experiences.
    • 16. Listening Skills
      • Do
      • Be Receptive
      • Concentrate
      • Become Involved
      • Ask Questions
      • Don’t
      • Be a Mind Reader
      • Be a D erailer
      • Immediately Belittle or Discount
      • Be a Placater
    • 17. Five things a winning team member needs to know:
      • Tell me what you want from me.
      • Give me the opportunity to perform.
      • Let me know how I am getting along.
      • Give me guidance when I need it.
      • Reward me according to my contribution .
              • Paul Bear Bryant
              • University of Alabama
    • 18. Maintaining Ethical Standards
      • Accepting Responsibilities
        • Recognize that the supervisor has the ultimate responsibility…
        • Engage only in activities for which you are qualified or trained.
        • Communicate progress to parents as directed to do so by your supervisor.
        • Refer concerns to the supervising teacher
    • 19. Maintaining Ethical Standards
      • Relationships with Students & Parents
        • Discuss child’s progress with the supervising teacher in the appropriate setting.
        • Represent yourself, the school, and your district in a positive and professional manner.
        • Respect the dignity, individuality, and privacy of all students, parents, and staff.
        • Treat each student fairly to ensure that all students have maximum opportunities to learn.
        • Be a positive role model.
    • 20. Maintaining Ethical Standards
      • Relationship with your Supervisor.
        • Recognize the teacher as your supervisor and team leader.
        • Establish and maintain a positive relationship with your supervisor.
        • When problems cannot be resolved, contact the principal for assistance.
        • Discuss concerns about the teacher or teaching methods with the teacher first.
    • 21. COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
    • 22. Collaborative Problem Solving
      • Define the problem
      • Determine the needs/desired outcomes
      • Brainstorm solutions
      • Select solution that best meets needs
      • Develop a plan of action
      • Implement the plan
      • Evaluate the solution and the process
    • 23. Define the Problem
      • What is not working?
      • What factors are contributing to the problem?
      • Who is involved?
      • Who is affected and how?
    • 24. Determine the needs & desired outcomes
      • What do we want to have happen?
      • What do students need that they are currently not getting?
      • What is needed to improve our communication?
      • What is the overall desired outcome?
    • 25. Brainstorm Solutions
      • Establish a time frame.
      • Assign a note taker.
      • Generate and accept all ideas—do not evaluate!
      • Make sure everyone participates.
      • Take more time if creativity is high or more ideas are needed.
    • 26. Select the Solution
      • Which solution is the:
        • Easiest to implement
        • Within the team’s control
        • Least disruptive
        • Meets the needs and achieves desired outcomes
    • 27. Develop an Action Plan
      • Who
      • What
      • When
      • Where
    • 28. Implement the Plan
      • What resources are needed?
      • Who should know about the plan?
      • Does the daily schedule need to change?
      • When will the team review the plan and results?
    • 29. Evaluate how well the plan worked….
      • What has been accomplished?
      • Are there any unexpected outcomes?
      • Does the plan need to be revised?
      • Is the original problem solved?
      • Have any new problems developed?
    • 30. TIPS FOR SUCCESS!!! GROUP ACTIVITY
    • 31. Other helpful ideas…….
      • Daily schedule (shared)
      • Basic classroom information
      • Mentoring
    • 32. Ongoing Assessment and Evaluation
    • 33. Some Things to Consider
      • Who benefits?
      • What does it look like?
      • How often does it happen?
      • Is it based on standards?
      • Outcomes?
      • Are changes made based on results?
    • 34. IMPORTANT WEBSITES
      • WWW.NRCPARA.ORG
      • WWW.UTAHPARAS.ORG

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