Inherent in the School Act and Special Education Policy, Procedures and Guidelines is the teacher’s responsibility for designing, implementing, and evaluating the educational program, and the teacher assistant’s role to assist teachers in this responsibility. Both the teacher and the teacher assistant facilitate the inclusion of students with special needs. It is their joint role to encourage the student to become an independent learner and member of the classroom, school, and community. In order to foster a co-operative, respectful working relationship, teacher assistants need to be aware of those responsibilities that are specific to teachers. Similarly, teachers need to be aware of job descriptions and the parameters of the responsibilities of teacher assistants. To provide effective support for students with special needs, teachers and teacher assistants work together and share responsibility to: 4 .1 Develop a positive, respectful working relationship.
4 .2 Meet standards of professional and ethical conduct in relation to students, parents, and colleagues. 4 .3 Advocate for conditions of success for students with special needs . 4 .4 Advocate for the protection of the legal and human rights of students and their families. 4 .5 Follow guidelines established by the school/district to protect the safety and well-being of children and youth. 4 .6 Maintain positive, supportive, professional relationships within the education community.
The roles and responsibilities of a teacher evolve with time and circumstance. It is impossible to give a rigid definition of either as they change constantly, though there are some roles and responsibilities that are common to all teachers throughout the education system. It is hard to know where the roles and responsibilities of a teacher should stop and I feel is each teacher’s responsibility to know the boundaries.