The Teaching Assistant

Working alongside the teacher to plan works/activities. Knowing exactly what is required to support children and how to deal with children who are having difficulties, as she will not be able to ask the teacher questions during the activity. TA should plan activity in advance with clear objectives to make sure it runs smoothly. Helping to organise the learning environment and supporting the introduction of new activities.

The learning environment can be any areas not just a classroom, e. g.playground, Hall/gym, Computer Room, Cooking area and so on. Hence the need to be familiar with all these areas before working with them, so that she is able to carry out activities with children.

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Always asking advice from others if she is not familiar with a particular area of the school. Preparing and setting out classroom resources and equipment as directed by the teacher. Following the rules and procedures of health and safety (e. g. ensuring all equipment and surfaces are safe, hygienic and usable).Knowing where the school stores the equipments and resources. Knowing how different items of equipment work before using/carrying out the activities to avoid any disruption and accident during the activities. (P 7) All children including special education needs (SEN) should be given the same equal opportunities.

They should be considered when planning and setting out materials and resources. The environment needs to be adapted for the needs of particular children within the class.Checking the availability of safety equipments and reporting any shortage/damage of any learning materials to the teacher. TA must use her own initiative to do things.

Use the time effectively so that she is not waiting to be told what to do next. During and in between lesson the TA can ensure there are enough classroom resources and other materials ready to use, especially when the teacher is busy. Encouraging children to keep the room tidy to put things back at the correct place after use and clear away waste materials.Talking to children while tidying things away about what she is doing is good practice.

Help with monitoring and evaluating children’s progress. Be able to monitor children’s responses to learning activities and to take appropriate action to modify or adapt activities to meet the learning objective. TA gives feedback to the teacher on how particular sessions have worked with children and whether they have achieved their learning objectives.TA should give suggestions for anything that might need to be improved next time to the teacher. The feedback can be verbal or non verbal (fill in the evaluation sheet). These forms must be kept safe and they are confidential.

In verbal feedback TA must communicate clearly and effectively to the teacher. When doing a lesson evaluation where TA has to fill in the sheets, it is important that TA fills in any information regarding the children’s learning and response to the activity accurately.