Although the class teacher is primarily responsible to plan, deliver and review all learning activities for the class, a teaching assistant can work alongside the teacher and make contributions that can improve the teachers plan, alter the delivery to make it more effective for pupil attainment and extend the teachers initial review. “Planning, teaching and evaluation follow a cycle which gives structure to the learning process” (Baker, B., Burnham, L., 2010) and is vital in my role as a teaching assistant. I aim to describe how I aide the teacher to plan and deliver lessons and how I give feedback to the teacher about individual pupils, in order for the teacher make improvements in her planning and to be able to target individual children that are struggling. I will also give an example at the end to show how I effectively assisted in planning, delivery and the review of a lesson.
Planning: As a teaching assistant, I assist the teacher in planning for lessons by first having an informal discussion with both the teacher and the LSA in order to determine what the learning objectives are for the upcoming topics, so both I and the LSA know what the learning outcomes are and what is expected of the children. It should be noted, as I am only in placement one day a week, the teacher has in the past provided me (via email), with a breakdown of lesson plans for the week so I know what has been covered in the days I was absent. During this discussion I am able to put forth my ideas on how best I think the topic should be delivered and what groups of children I should sit next to provide additional support as they may struggle the most. At this point, I will also discuss a range of activities and styles to match the needs of individual children or groups that could be used to promote the learning outcomes, to ensure all needs are met and to identify any barriers that may become apparent during the lesson. Discussing and planning the activities beforehand gives me...
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