Teaching Assistant Assignment 1

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Teaching Assistant Diploma Course

Questions On Assignment One

1.Describe how you might contribute to a lesson given to a group of seven year old children learning to play percussion instruments.

I would contribute to the lesson by firstly conversing with the teacher for guidance in which areas that they would like me to assist them.
By working together we could make the whole learning process a fun and educational experience. With me being there to help, it would take the pressure off the teacher and enable them to have more free quality time for teaching.

I would make sure the environment was safe & hazard free in advance so that when the children came for their lesson all health & safety measures would be in place and adhered to.

The instruments would be ready for the children to use and I would be there for any additional assistance that was required by the teacher or the children.

I would also prepare posters or handouts of the instruments that the children were going to be using so that they would know the names of the instruments, the groups that they belonged to and any other additional information that suited that age group about the lesson.

My role overall in the lesson would be to contribute by assisting, maintaining the classroom, supporting both the teacher and children, encouraging the children in their activities, making sure the environment was safe and secure, ensuring any work that the children produced was mounted and displayed and that the classroom was clean and tidy before and after the lesson.

2.What might your role be in organising, using and maintaining the learning resources, material and equipment for this percussion lesson?

My job is to make sure that the resources, materials and equipment that is needed for the lesson is ready and available. I would ensure this by firstly liaising with the teacher to check the materials, resources and equipment that would be required for the lesson. This would be done in advance, at least a few days before the lesson to ensure sufficient time to acquire them if they were not available at that time. I would then check to see if we had everything we needed and that it was in good working order, not broken, ripped, pages missing or parts missing. The classroom would also be checked to see that it reached health and safety standards. I would count and check all the resources so that at the end of the lesson I could account for any missing or damaged. Also, so that it would make it easier if I needed to report any losses or breakages to the teacher. Once I had checked through it all, the learning resources would then be ready for the children to use in their lesson. I would set them out or distribute them in accordance with the teachers instructions.

I would be on hand to assist the children in their activities and to help them with their instruments should they not be sure of how they were played or used. This would be in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.

The children would be made aware of the health and safety guidelines for their own sake and the schools when using the instruments.

When the lesson was finished, the children would then be encouraged to return the instruments and any additional learning resources that they needed to a set point in the class or myself. Once this had been completed, I would then count and check each individual resource for damage and cleanliness. When that had been done, they would then be placed back where they had been stored along with the inventory for them and secured.

My last job would be to ensure the classroom was clean and hazard free ready for use again.

3.Describe how you act in class in order to be an effective role model for the standards of behaviour expected in pupils?

I would ensure that my behaviour and demeanour reflected the policies set by the school at all times to show the pupils consistency. Both me and the...
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