Teaching Assistant Diploma Course – Assignment One
Question 1 To contribute to a lesson of seven year old children learning to play percussion instruments, a teacher’s assistant would support and help the teacher and children by creating an environment that is positive and organised which would promote learning and minimise bad behaviour that could create an unsettled atmosphere and in turn disrupt the lesson. For this to be achieved the TA would contribute by preparing the classroom for the particular activity, creating the space required thus giving the Teacher more time to concentrate on preparing for the lesson. TA would also contribute by: Acting as role model for the children to promote good behaviour Familiarise their self with the equipment by way of knowing the name of each instrument and how they are used/played, so they could help and answer any questions the children may have during the lesson. Helping them to use/learn the instruments in accordance with the manufactures and Teachers instructions Encourage them to listen to the teacher. Observation of the children and help them to achieve their individual goal.
TA would help by supporting / supervising either one or a group of children with special educational needs, which would be agreed and understood before the lesson with the Teacher. This would be achieved by encouraging and giving praise to any individual who may find the lesson difficult. Recording notes during the lesson of any problems or achievements, would help to establish the how the pupil/pupils are progressing, this can then be reported back to the teacher at the end of the lesson TA would also help to prevent the class from being disrupted by acknowledging bad behaviour and dealing with the situation away from the other children being taught. If another staff member had a query for the Teacher they would step in to help rather than the teacher as to not disturb the lesson and let the teacher continue with the lesson....
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