school starts in less than 2 weeks! I'm making the transition from para to Special Ed teacher this year! I'm staying in the same district. any advice on how to make the transition?

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I did the same thing last year, it was actually a pretty smooth transition since you are familiar with the district. My advice find a good mentor teacher for help and ask lots of questions.

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I agree 💯. I helped me transition.

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First congratulations! Like above, a good mentor teacher is really helpful because you’ll have tons of questions and don’t be afraid to ask your director of special services questions. Also something I think is often overlooked in special education teacher programs is how you go about being a supervisor to paras and help them be successful working with your students. Sometimes it can be really tricky because you know what it’s like to be a para, but now you’re in charge and might have to deal with not so pleasant situations like cell phone use, being late every day, or being the mediator between a gen ed teacher and a para not getting along. Asking a mentor how they would handle those situations can be helpful especially if you hate confrontations like me. Good luck!

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My main concern is the transition from being a coworker (an equal) to becoming their boss! My Special Education Service provided me with a mentor teacher. So I am taken care on that end!

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Thank you! I'm actually waiting on final enrollment numbers, but have a general idea of my caseload. I'm waiting to see if a certain family enrolls. they may make the difference between convincing the district to hire another para or not!😬

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