So you thought you were all done once you whipped up your student schedule, didn’t you? Yea right. Now it’s time to make a schedule for the adults in your room. This is a commonly forgotten component of scheduling that is SO important. It is critical because this should be part of your management process for your paraprofessionals. Having a clear and detailed daily schedule for your paraprofessionals will clarify expectations, provide structure, and hold everyone accountable.
I get loads of emails about staff management – which yes – is part of our job. Like it or not, it is your job to manage the staff in your room. Providing them a concrete and straightforward schedule will get rid of any grey area and they will know exactly what is expected of them. Now – making sure they do is a whole other issue, but at least you are headed in the right direction.
Off of my soapbox – I hope I have sold you all on the important of having just as detailed of an adult schedule for yourself and the paraprofessionals in your room. The adult schedule should contain:
- which student the adult is working with
- where the adult should be with the student.
The actual work to be done would be detailed at the actual station. But providing the simple who and where prompts are critically helpful for all adults in your classroom. Once you make this schedule, obviously give it your paraprofessionals but also post it! This helps remind everyone on a daily basis.
Here is my adult-schedule-1213from last year. Again – I use excel and break it down by the 15 minutes.
Do you have dedicated paraprofessionals in your classroom? I just received a new dedicated paraprofessional for one of my students last spring and will be getting another in the fall. Check out this post to see how I organized the schedule for her:
I also include a detailed schedule. It’s mostly major bullet points, kind of a translation of the main schedule. I think it’s important to include the most important comments and notes written down somewhere – not just told verbally. (more details on this in the post linked above!)
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