Date
26 March 2019

Develop effective interactions with students

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Identifying areas to build teacher aide understanding and confidence’

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Use agreed approaches

Use agreed approaches

Encourage teacher aides to follow agreed ways of communicating with students. Ensure timers and cue cards are easy to access if needed.

Maintain student dignity

Maintain student dignity

Ways to respect students and treat them with dignity.

Some students need help with eating, lifting, positioning, toileting, taking medication, and moving around the school.

This kind of support needs to be provided in unobtrusive ways that empower the student and respect their privacy and dignity.

 

Source: Teachers and teachers’ aides working together: Module 3 – Supporting students with complex needs: Activity 2 (pp. 20–22) (opens in a new tab/window)

Learn students’ languages

Learn students’ languages

Support teacher aides to learn the languages of the students they work alongside.

Be unobtrusive

Be unobtrusive

Students can feel singled-out. Encourage teacher aides to:

  • make support available to all the students in the class
  • leave space for students who need additional help to try things for themselves first, before jumping in to help
  • use a quiet voice when providing support to any student.

Use consistent approaches

Use consistent approaches

Encourage teacher aides to take a consistent approach when communicating with students.

  • Communicate expectations positively and clearly.
  • Use non-verbal cues, such as images, as well as words, to demonstrate expectations.
  • Use “when–then” and “first–then” commands.
  • Avoid negative commands, corrections, demands, and yelling.
  • Redirect a disengaged student by using proximity, pre-arranged non-verbal signals, simple prompts, reminders, and pre-corrections.
  • State requests or give directions to students, using brief descriptions of required positive behaviours.

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Prompts for facilitating learning and thinking

Publisher: Centre for Inclusive Education

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Questions and keywords for critical thinking

Publisher: Centre for Inclusive Education

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Website

Teachers and teachers' aides working together: Module 4 – What do we think about disability and diversity?

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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