1 Oct 2013
The Instructional Assistant’s Mission Statement
- Know well both your students and the disabilities that they manifest.
- Learn to take your students’ perspectives, and realize that they have significant difficulty taking yours.
- Always look beyond your students’ behaviors to determine the functions that those behaviors serve.
- Be neither blinded by your students’ strengths, nor hold them to standards they cannot meet.
- Master the art of rendering the appropriate degree of support for your students’ level of skill development and behavior.
- Exercise vilgilance in fading back prompts and promoting competence and independence in your students.
- Be proactive both in seeking out information to help your students, and in preparing and implementing the supports that they need to be successful.
- Be a team palyer-work collaborately with your peers.
- Leave your egos at the door!
- Perform your duties mindfully, responsibly, and respectfully at all times.
The above are some tips recommended by the Cupertino School District.
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