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My last week of practicum

These last couple of weeks at practicum have been bittersweet. I got a chance to get to know all of the students I worked with and they are all amazing. They may have disabilities, such as Autism, Down syndrome, moderate to severe intellectual disabilities or more than one of the latter conditions,
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Practicum Passion as an Education Assistant

Getting to know the students My practicum experience has been amazing and has solidified my passion for working in this field. I worked with many students in different grades and getting to know the students was a real highlight for me. I felt fortunate to work in a Grade 7 class with a boy with Down Syndrome. He is a…
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My first week of practice education

A new experience Last week I started my eight week journey of practice education, otherwise known as a practicum.  This is where the class puts our eight months of in-class learning into action. We put our knowledge to the test in real life. This is where everything we’ve learned is put into practice. My first week was amazing, exhausting and…
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Refugees and English Language Learners

Did you know that Education Assistants (EA) work with all types of students, with and without exceptionalities? As an EA, you get to work with many different individuals, including students who are English Language Learners (ELL) and refugees. Having an Early Childhood Education background has exposed me to children who don’t speak English and are refugees. One little girl in…
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5 Characteristics Needed to be a Great Education Assistant

There are many characteristics that will benefit you as an Education Assistant (EA). In my opinion, these are the five most important traits needed to be a great EA.  COMPASSION: Compassion is super important because many of the children you work with have different issues and exceptionalities. With compassion, you have the ability to show empathy and caring for each…
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Levels of Listening

What level are you? Listening is one of the most important skills to learn in life, and it is especially important as an Education Assistant (EA). Sometimes, people can get so preoccupied with their phones and their lives that they forget to take the time to listen to others. This type of distractedness describes a Level 3 listener. Did you…
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Five Ways to Maintain a School/Life Balance

1. Organization This is number one, because it is SO important. Make sure that you are using your calendar and writing in an agenda. When I get my course outline on the first day of a new course, I write all of the dates in my agenda for quizzes, tests, and assignment deadlines. I also write these dates on my…
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The Importance of Communication

Being an Education Assistant (EA) means helping students with developmental disabilities communicate. In my class, we are learning to use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), which consists of devices that aid or replace regular forms of communication. Many of the students we will work with are unable to communicate on their own due to their disability. For me, communication is…
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Why I Chose to Become a Special Education Assistant

  About Me Why did I choose to become an SEA?  Well, you need to get to know me a little bit before I can answer that question. My name is Chelsie Duemo, and I am a married 27-year-old mother of a happy little 3-year-old girl named Billie. That, however, is just the beginning. I come from a split family…
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Stenberg Grads Share What They Love Most About Being an Educational Assistant

  Successful Education Assistants (EAs) change lives, help children reach their potential, and provide customized care and support. They are the helping hands that support children with mobility challenges, intellectual disabilities, and other learning difficulties. If you are planning to enroll in an Education Assistant training program, or have already started your program, read on to learn how Stenberg graduates…
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