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  1. Teaching Grace

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    Has anyone ever done Kinder without a parapro? We currently have 7 classes and 4 parapros... Well really 3 since one does PE for most of the day. The current Kinder classes do with 1/2 time paras. Next year there will be (unless something changes) 7 classes and 2 parapros. Not sure what that will look like especially since I've never taught K. I'm thinking maybe it's better that I've never taught with a para.... I won't know what I'm missing! Has anyone on here done it both ways? What should I prepare myself for?
     
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    I have taught K for 15 years and I have never had an aide. Actually, I don't know of a school district in my entire area that has K aides. I think you really have to look at class size. I usually have around 18-20 kids and that is manageable. I think many schools that have aides are schools that have big groups of kids.
     
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    Our K classes do not have an aide either. We only have an aide if the student population warrants it and then only for reading, writing, and math classes.
     
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    How many kids? The district I used to work in only had an aide for an hour a day...there were 22 kids in a class.

    Now, the district I am in, there is a full time aide in each class.
     
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    lol paras in Kindergarten? wow.....
    None for us and our classes are at LEAST 25 kids....
     
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    We only have an aide assigned to a kindergarten class (20 - 23 students) if there is a cluster of students who have identified needs that require them to have 1 on 1 support for a portion of their day.
     
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    No aide here...only if special ed child is in class and only for that child.
     
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    i never have had an aide either, with 23 or 24 kids. it is fine!
     
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    34 years, 18 (or more in the past) children in my class and never had an aide of any kind.
     
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    I taught in public school in California (Kinder to 4th) and I never even knew what a Parapro was until I moved to the east coast. We didn't have assistants or parapros for any grade level. I taught kinder by myself with 20 children.
     
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    I actually preferred not having a para (I taught first). I never knew what to do with them.
     
  13. Teaching Grace

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    Wow, I feel better about that then! Hahaha, the other teachers are somewhat nervous because they have always had them. I guess I'll be okay then! Thanks :)
     
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    I've done it both ways. My current TA is going through adjustment issues (okay, maybe we both are). She used to be a preschool teacher & still wants to be THE teacher. At the same time, I sometimes have to tell her to get up & help as she's sitting. But the TA I had before was a teacher the year before. She was fantastic! She knew she was the TA was always working with the kids and didn't try to be the teacher.
     

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