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    working w/an aide
    By ck

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    I just taught my first year in an ECE program. I had graduated 6 months before and I had no teaching experience. I had a classroom aide and two 1:1 aides under my direction. My room aide had more experience in the classroom than I had, but she had no degree. I took advantage of her experience and often asked for her insight and suggestions, as she was familiar with some of the students from previous years. I was upfront with her, telling her this was my first teaching experience and that I would be looking to her for a lot of help. She helped me get through a rough first year & we made a great team. Although she didn't have an education degree, she had wonderful insight and a natural understanding for the children's needs, etc. As she often admitted, I was the one with the degree, she wasn't, so we really didn't have a conflict as to who was "in charge".
    If you're in a co-teaching situation & you are the lead teacher, than you may wish to "assert your authority" by actions rather than words, by making executive decisions like units & themes, but asking asking for help in lesson planning. You have to find a happy median between being bossy & whisy-washy & I admit that can be hard.

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