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Paraprofessionals in the Classroom: A Survival Guide, 2nd edition

  • Betty Y. Ashbaker
  • Jill Morgan

Published by Pearson (January 26th 2012) - Copyright © 2013

2nd edition


This guide explores the roles and duties of K-12 paraprofessionals in both general education and special education settings.


Using a straight-forward presentation, Paraprofessionals in the Classroom: A Survival Guide, 2/e covers topics such as behavior, teaching, assessment, and collaboration and outlines how paraprofessionals can support both students and teachers. Grounded in real classroom situations, it also addresses issues such as learner diversity, confidentiality, professionalism, role definition, and self- evaluation. This edition includes more details on supervision, new tactics for behavior management, and tear-out forms designed to help paraprofessionals manage their daily tasks.



Features a straight-forward presentation that avoids research jargon and emphasizes practical applications.


Includes additional activities at the end of each chapter called Extending Your Learning.


Case Studies along with descriptions and follow-up questions expose readers to real-life classroom scenarios. 


Encourages readers to personalize chapter material by offering Reflective Activities in each chapter.  

araprofessionals manage their daily tasks.

Table of contents

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Section I: Background and Context
Chapter 1: Paraprofessional? What's That?
Chapter 2: Instructional Supervision

Section II: Instruction and the Learning Environment
Chapter 3: Critical Components of Effective Instruction

Chapter 4: Monitoring Instructional Effectiveness

Chapter 5: Organization and Management of the Learning Environment

Chapter 6: Learner Characteristics


Section III: Student Behavior and Classroom Management

Chapter 7: Influencing Behavior

Chapter 8: Recognition, Praise, and Sanctions

Chapter 9: Time as a Behavior Management Tool


Section IV: Professionalism

Chapter 10: Laws and Regulations Affecting Paraprofessionals’ Roles

Chapter 11: Professional and Ethical Behavior

Chapter 12: Reflection and Self-Evaluation


Section V: Appendix

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