I am having the same issues with the Para educators that come to my room as well. If such an ode does not exist, I would be glad to work with others in developing something positive that would get the message across without hurting any feelings.
Mitchell, South Dakota
From: Colleen Hodel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:07 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] ode to an aide
Anyone have a clever way to politely get the aides to stop doing the work for the kids they are supposed to be assisting?
I have multiple students with disabilities who come to art with an aide. They always want to do the project for the child, rather than working with the student hand over hand like they should be. I have explained that the final product is not important, that it is the experience of working with the materials, the building of their fine motor skills, and the fun of it....! I don't care if there is messy cutting or gluing, just that the student has his or her own efforts to take home. The parents know when their child created the work because they know their abilities. They don't need a perfect piece made by an aide! They just continue to do it themselves because it is easier than trying to help the child.
I teach a separate adaptive art class for these students, with a little easier lessons, but they still also come to art with their regular class. I know they can do more than the aides think they can do!