Assignment 4 – Supporting learning activities and assessment for learning
Explain how a learning support practitioner may contribute to the planning, delivery and review of learning activities As a teaching assistant it is important that I am actively involved in the planning stages. I need to know what the focus will be on for the term, this is done by having a discussion with the class teacher and also with other teachers and assistants that are also doing the same topic with the same aged children. By doing this we can share ideas and suggestions. During this meeting we would discuss the curriculum and the department’s goals for the future, the desired outcomes and the range of activities and styles that could be used to promote the learning outcomes. In an informal discussion between myself and the class teacher we would determine our roles throughout the activities, what teaching styles will be used to match the needs of the individual children or groups. Discussing the individual children and preparing to provide additional support ensuring all needs are met, any barriers that may become apparent during the lesson can be overcome without fuss. Having discussed the activities beforehand gives me the opportunity to explore the activity ensuring that I am confident in using the materials, to familiarise myself with new equipment, making sure that it is age appropriate and that it can be adapted and made simpler for the pupils that may need extra support and help. Having discussed what activities we would be doing in the class room it is then my responsibility to prepare the class room ready, this would be done either before the children arrive or when the class teacher gathers the children on the carpet area where she will discuss the activity with them, what it involves and what is expected of them. An example of this would be the children painting a St David’s Picture for a competition. I would need to prepare enough paint, brushes and paper for each group of children, ensuring enough space and supervision. I would give suggestions and support allowing enough time and materials so that they can explore their own creative ideas. Encouraging them to stay focused and complete the task, managing the bad behaviour, reassuring and helping, being available and easy to approach and giving individual attention. Ensuring that each child is happy with their creation, and allowed enough time to complete the activity. It would then be my responsibility to tidy away all materials used and take their pictures and arrange them tidily to dry. After completing the activity and at a convenient time for the class teacher, we would discuss how the activity went, the progress and participation of the children and any concerns or difficulties that arised, these would then be recorded. The records are kept up to date so that we can learn from them, and come up with new strategies and also we can use the information to pass on to parents and guardians.
Evaluate own strengths and weaknesses in relation to supporting learning activities and how these may impact on the support that can be provided. My strengths in relation to supporting lessons is that I am a very enthusiastic person, I love to try new ideas and activities, I am confident with children and enjoy encouraging children to try new things and become involved, by being enthusiastic role model seems to get children excited and eager to learn, although I have to be aware that some children need extra motivation and gentle persuasion to their individual personality. I do sometimes need to check my enthusiasm to ensure that the children are not too over excited and silly and will therefore be unable to concentrate. I would say that my weaknesses would be that although I make sure that I am confident in what I am doing and I know what is expected of myself and the children, I find that if I am being watched i.e. from another class teacher or when the...
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