Supporting Learning Activities and Assessment for Learning

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Assignment 4 – Supporting Learning Activities and Assessment for Learning

QUESTION 1

1a) Explain how a learning support practitioner may contribute to the planning, delivery and review of learning activities

Introduction

Helping in activities would be delivery, if you pass on ideas, observations or suggestions that would be contributing to planning. Do you give feedback to your teacher about how the sessions went? The teacher use s that information to inform their planning, so you contribute that way. Whenever you talk to your teacher about what went well or what aspects of the children struggled with you, you are making a contribution because it helps the teacher plan the next step, so without realising it you are contributing to planning.

Planning A learning support practitioner or teaching assistant could contribute to planning of an activity simply by an informal discussion with the teacher about what weekly and daily activities will be taking place. This form of planning is known as short term and would be the most likely that a teaching assistant would be involved in. The teacher may put some time aside to discuss each week’s activities with the teaching assistant, this would normally allow for any suggestions to be made on how to improve or change things, teaching assistants should have a clear understanding of the learning objective for each activity and know what they should be doing to help the children to achieve this.

Delivering
Teaching assistant should be a lot more actively involved in delivering the learning activities. This may be by setting up the room with the correct resources before the lesson takes place and laying out the tables and chairs etc., One to one support may be needed for some pupils, this should have been discussed before the lesson.it may be that the T A is put to work with one specific table/group of children or just float around the classroom and be available if any of the children ask for help.it would be most likely that after the activity the T A would pack resources and work away, while the teacher reflects with the class.

Review
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, and this is done by having a discussion with the class teacher and also with the class teacher and also with the other teachers and teaching assistants that are doing the same topics with the same aged children. By doing this we can share ideas and suggestions, during the 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 informed discussion between me 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.

1b) Evaluate own strengths and weaknesses in relation to supporting learning activities and how these may impact on the support that can provided

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 discussions 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...
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