Working with a Paraprofessional

Here are some resources for my presentation today:

My PowerPoint deck: Great Teamwork – working with a paraprofessional

Presentation Notetaking Organizer: Tips for working with Paraeducators 

Discussion activity – Roles and Responsibilities of Paras and Teachers

Comparing Teacher and Paraeducator Roles and Responsibilities

Scenario for discussion

 

Jenny

Jenny, a new paraprofessional, was hired 2 days before the school year began. She was assigned to a student in your 4th period, Peter, who is transitioning from an LRCII classroom into general education classes.  On her first day she shadowed a para who supported Peter for part of her schedule. The para gave her some handwritten notes she had taken while supporting him. The Dean of Students provided her with Peter’s class schedule and a copy of his Individualized Education Program (IEP). Among other things, the IEP identified the following responsibility for the para assigned to work with him:

 Assist with instructional interventions developed by the teachers to meet his identified learning needs.

As Jenny continues to support Peter throughout the week, she discovers that teachers in each of Peter’s classes use different approaches and methods when working with Peter.

Jenny explains that she is worried that Peter’s learning goals are not being met. She’s also expresses concerns that the teachers have different expectations about what her role in their classroom should be.

  1. What steps would you encourage Jenny to take in this situation?

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What opportunities arise from Jenny’s concerns?

 

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Final Pre-ToK makeup Time!

The topic you missed was Time.

What is Time?  How is Time known? How do we understand Time?  How would a physicist, a mechanic, a musician, an historian, and an artist understand Time differently?

Since we missed you, your assignment is as follows:

  1. Read the article about the role of metaphor and consider the blog thread following the article.
  2. Consider the implications for what you think. What do you think time is?
  3. Brainstorm and write a list of 10 phrases with the word Time in them… how are these definitions different understandings?
    1. Group the 10 phrases by those with similar metaphorical understandings of what time is
  4. Read the prologue of Einstein’s Dreams and then choose at least four entries to read (and write about).
    1. For each entry that you read, list the date it occurs on (this is the chapter ‘title’) and your thoughts about the entry. Be sure to list how Time is fundamentally different in this dream world.
  5. Then, write your own entry about one person (you?) who is living in a world where time is different (from the entries you read and from our current world). Send me your answers to #2, 3, 4, and 5.  Please know that I will share/publish your story to others (so make it good!).  It does not have to be long.  Use any of the entries in Einstein’s Dreams as models for length.

This is due before Memorial Day.  Email your assignments to both Ms. Maners and to Mr. Braman.

Pre-ToK makeup 2019

There are two sets of instructions below.  Be sure to read carefully to see which applies to you.

If you missed the entirety of the Pre-ToK meeting, there are six steps to do:

  1. Consider how you determine what is right. Write a brief paragraph that explains how you go about choosing what is right in difficult situations.
  2. Interview both a parent and a peer, transcribe their responses to the same question for consideration: how do you know what is right?  Explain, in writing, how their views are both similar and different from your own.
  3. Write a paragraph about a difficult decision you have had to make. Did you actually do what was right?  Why or why not?  What process have you used to determine if things were right?
  4. Justify your choice for the Trolley Car Problem in writing. Be sure to include your rationale for why this action is morally right.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.  In order to know more (before you write), you must do step two.
  5. Research other philosophies on the Trolley Problem website.
  6. Then, consider your response to the following scenario. Then, justify your response in writing and be sure to follow the same steps as in #1 above.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.

What is right? Pre-ToK

Scenario – cheating

You are a good student.  You get good grades, you have a high academic standing and respect from your teachers and peers as a learner.  You have been accepted to several universities, but the one you really want to attend has made your acceptance contingent upon your grades for Quarter 3.

One of your teachers had made life difficult for you, demanding that you submit work on time and of high quality.  While you were worshipping at DECA nationals, you missed a deadline for submitting work and your teacher took points from you.  You had handed your work to a ‘friend’ who was supposed to turn it in, but he forgot it at home and didn’t get yours [or his] in on time.  Your current grade will keep you from being accepted to your #1 school – and you really want to go there.  Quarter 3 ends on Friday.

What you need to do is to ace the next test in this class.  As you learn that the test is on Friday (the last day of Quarter 3), while working on a project in the Staff Copy room, you find that your teacher has left a copy of Friday’s test on the printer.  What do you do?

  1. Put it into your teacher’s box in the copy room.
  2. Take a quick photo of it so you can study for the test.
  3. Some other response (that you will clarify)…

Justify your response and explain how other philosophies are not as good as your response

Utilitarianism     –              Deontological Ethics        –              Virtue Ethics

If you missed only the second half of the Pre-ToK meeting, there are three steps to do:

  1. Justify your choice for the Trolley Car Problem in writing. Be sure to include your rationale for why this action is morally right.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.  In order to know more (before you write), you must do step two.
  2. Research other philosophies on the Trolley Problem website.
  3. Then, consider your response to the following scenario. Then, justify your response in writing and be sure to follow the same steps as in #1 above.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.

What is right? Pre-ToK

Scenario – cheating

You are a good student.  You get good grades, you have a high academic standing and respect from your teachers and peers as a learner.  You have been accepted to several universities, but the one you really want to attend has made your acceptance contingent upon your grades for Quarter 3.

One of your teachers had made life difficult for you, demanding that you submit work on time and of high quality.  While you were worshipping at DECA nationals, you missed a deadline for submitting work and your teacher took points from you.  You had handed your work to a ‘friend’ who was supposed to turn it in, but he forgot it at home and didn’t get yours [or his] in on time.  Your current grade will keep you from being accepted to your #1 school – and you really want to go there.  Quarter 3 ends on Friday.

What you need to do is to ace the next test in this class.  As you learn that the test is on Friday (the last day of Quarter 3), while working on a project in the Staff Copy room, you find that your teacher has left a copy of Friday’s test on the printer.  What do you do?

  1. Put it into your teacher’s box in the copy room.
  2. Take a quick photo of it so you can study for the test.
  3. Some other response (that you will clarify)…

Justify your response and explain how other philosophies are not as good as your response

Utilitarianism     –              Deontological Ethics        –              Virtue Ethics

 

Year 1 ToK – OPcVL practice

I am sorry you missed Pre-ToK this morning.  I hope you are not ill.  This morning we finished the final session of Pre-ToK Session #2. Below is your makeup assignment. Please note the due date is March 27th.

In order to practice the skills we worked on and discussed in class this morning, please do the following steps.

Step 1: View this OPCVL Powerpoint and take notes on either a sheet of paper or this OPcVL worksheet. Take notes on the OPcVL and add details on the back about length and suggestions for the IA source analysis. Save the text for later use as you get closer to your due dates for the IA submission.

Step 2: Print out and read this telegram from Joseph McCarthy and the response from President Truman: McCarthy Telegram and Truman Response. Take notes literally on each document as you fill in a bulleted list of the OPcVL literally on each side of the paper.

Hints: McCarthy Telegram – What was the historical context of this text? (you know this)

Hints: President Truman Response – What do you make of the differences in handwriting and the line through the document? (you might have to ask others who were in Pre-ToK)

Step 3: Open a Word/Google Document and write a good IA Research Question to drive your analysis of either document.

Step 4: Write an OPcVL of 400 words or less using your quality Research Question.

Step 5: Go to turnitin.com and Join the class below.  Then, submit your OPcVL and research question under the assignment Pre-ToK March Assignment.  Please note the due date is March 27th.

pretok class

Anyone who fails to submit their research question and OPcVL by March 27th will need to do the above steps and then show the work to Mrs. Maners.  IF she is feeling magnanimous, she may choose to accept late work.  If she will not do so, you may speak to Mr. Wilder and beg for forgiveness.

Mr. Braman