In today’s classrooms, labs and career centers, paraeducators and other instructional assistants support and enhance the work of teachers in all components of the education process.
Over the years, paraeducators have expanded their traditional roles in classrooms to function as technicians and specialists working in special education, bilingual classrooms and other programs.
The increased use of paraprofessional staff in education across the United States has been well documented, as has the change in their role from largely clerical to instructional duties. Their role requires considerable skill in areas that traditionally have been the domain only of professional staff.
Paraeducators work directly with children. Some help the teacher in the classroom and work with the children who need one-on-one attention. Others assist in computer labs and some even reach out to families in their homes. They make sure students get help when they need it. They support and enhance the work of teachers in all components of the education process.
These specialized paraeducators think of different and creative ways to get students interested in the math equations being taught in class. They create sample questions, math games and word problems to help students grasp the subject and work with small groups of students and one-on-one.