Q1 Describe how you might contribute to a lesson given to a group of seven year-old children learning to play percussion instruments? The role of a teaching assistant is to maximise learning, create a safe and positive learning environment and to minimise behaviour problems. I would contribute to the lesson by trying to achieve this goal in the following way: o Making sure there is suitable, safe space for all the equipment to be set up in. o I would check to make sure that all the working area is clean and tidy of any other objects that are not needed for the lesson. o I would also check that there will be adequate equipment and that all instruments are in good working order prior to use. o I would also make sure I had a good knowledge of the instruments prior to the lesson, if I didn’t I would ask the teacher to clarify the names and also how they were to be used. o To be a good role model and also show them how to use the instruments correctly. o Helping children who may struggle using the instruments, showing them how to hold and play with them. o Making sure that music sheets are available if needed.
o I would also monitor their behaviours by supervising and to try and minimize disruptive behaviour, which will help the children keep interest in the lesson. o I would also ensure that I carry out observations on the children to make sure they have the ability to use the instruments and to achieve the outcome of the lesson. o As a teaching assistant I should also be prepared to offer feedback at the end of the session to either the children or the teacher
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