Shadow Teacher

A shadow teacher can also be referred to as a skilled educator who works alongside the teacher in the classroom to provide academic, social, behavioral, and emotional support to students with learning differences.

What are the key ingredients for successful shadow?

The key ingredients for successful shadow teaching are patience and cooperation. Collaboration and open communication channels between members of the child’s support system are key to achieve his/her target goals. Shadow teachers help students to realize their abilities, uniqueness, and potential while assisting the classroom teacher to do the same. Ultimately, shadow teachers establish the foundation for students to have an equal opportunity to an excellent education.
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What is a Shadow Teacher?

By definition, a shadow teacher is an educational assistant who works directly with a single child with special needs during his/her early school years. These assistants understand a variety of learning disabilities and how to support them accordingly. Providing a shadow teacher allows the child to attend a mainstream class while receiving the extra attention that he/she needs. Shadow teachers are often referred to as paraprofessionals, student aides, teacher aides, and even student tutors.

Shadow teaching is a progressive form of assistance that acts as a resource for the school and the parent. Communication and collaboration between the shadow teacher, the classroom teacher, and the parents are essential when striving for success. Meaningful relationships must be established to meet the needs of the child best. The shadow teacher helps provide the student with continuity in their classes, instills responsibility, fosters independence, and encourages learning.

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Student benefits

The student benefits from the shadow teacher because ….

  • the student follows regular classroom instruction and interaction with his/her peers.
  • the student learns to build on his/her strengths and not his/her weaknesses.
  • the student receives educational enrichment.
Children in schools are taught to develop academic skills, social skills, and independence. Teachers assist children in developing knowledge and gain an understanding of the world around them. Besides learning academics, teachers help children to understand the rules of play and social interaction, sharing, and caring. However, not all children learn at the same pace as their peers and may need additional support in some areas. This is where the role of the shadow teacher, or one on one support, begins.

The role of a shadow teacher is to support the student at school by helping fill in the gaps in the learning process, to help the student build self-confidence, as well as to promote positive interaction in the classroom by helping the student focus on important concepts, and overall help the student to develop academic and social skills. Every child is unique; therefore, each shadow teacher’s approach and teaching methods and techniques are designed based on the needs of the individual student.

Parents benefits

The parents benefit because they have daily communication with an adult who knows what is going on in school and what events are taking place. Additionally, the parents have a sense of safety and security for their child.

School benefits

The school benefits by the shadow teacher because there is a collaborative effort to meet the special needs of the particular student.

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