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ERIC Number: EJ967110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1553-9318
Five Ways to Facilitate the Teacher Assistant's Work in the Classroom
Tobin, Ruthanne
TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v2 n6 Article 4 Jul 2006
A teacher and a teacher assistant, working together in an inclusive grade-six classroom, provided an invaluable insider perspective on the kind of context that leads to effective support for all students. Findings from this case study revealed five ways in which the teacher could facilitate the work of the teacher assistant, by: 1) focusing on relationship building (nudging instead of nagging); 2) monitoring the amount of teacher talk to afford mini-lessons; 3) applying the basics of differentiation and universal design; 4) negotiating classroom management roles and sharing responsibilities for students; and 5) using an action-oriented format to shape the communication agenda.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A