Hello all, I should really get back here more often. I've been super busy but I miss the companionship and sharing! I will be giving a professional development workshop to teaching assistants next week, and this is really out of my element because most of the classes I've worked with in didn't have any assistants. I have plenty to share with teachers and tutors but to be really honest the assistants probably know more than I do about being an assistant! But this is what I've been asked to do, and I am going to rock it! Somehow. So, of course I'll be doing my own research and thinking, but I would really love to hear from those of you who have assistants or paras working with you. What do you wish they knew? What makes the difference between a great para and one who isn't? Something I've always wondered about is how do you determine boundaries such as who intervenes when there is a situation going on? What tips do you have for communicating, collaborating, and working as a team with the lead teacher? I'm also a little worried because I don't want to say something too basic that will make them feel insulted or underestimated. I'm really not sure how much these people already know or do. :unsure: I have about a half hour from start to finish so it can't be TOO deep, but I do want to give them something of substance. I'd hate for anyone to feel they've wasted a half hour. Any input is most appreciated!