Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms is the best resource I've seen on this topic...One of the most remarkable things about this book is that its advice applies equally well to teachers, parents, volunteers, para-educators, and other classroom assistants.
Angela Watson, The Cornerstone, thecornerstoneforteachers.com
...This book provides the resources for effective training. I don't have to do all the thinking about what I should include. Paddy Eger has done it for me. She has honed in on those skills most necessary for improving students learning. I highly recommend this book!
Marilyn Melville-Irvine, consultant
From the Author
Inviting adult assistants into classrooms is a great opportunity for teachers to expand their ability to reach more students more often. I know when I taught had and their help I felt as if each day's possibilities expanded. When they were not there our classroom felt as if an important part of the day held a void.
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Not only do classroom assistants (paid as well as volunteers) provide support for teachers and students, they reinforce the idea that learning extends beyond the walls of the school. Their enthusiasm shows that we're never too old to learn something new, to work on skills or to share our expertise. Whether you are a gardner, astronaut, history buff, author, or stay-at-home parent, YOU have something important to share. We need and want your assistance