Teaching Assistant Diploma Course
1. Describe how you might contribute to a lesson given to a group of seven year old children learning to play percussion instruments.
Be proactive in assisting the teacher to
-Create a safe and positive environment
-Minimise behavioural problems.
This could involve communicating effectively with the teacher as to the specific duties he/she requires you to carry out within the lesson. To an extent your role may be defined by your job description within the school e.g you may be responsible for one student with a specific need or Statement of Educational Needs.
Communicating with the teacher about how exactly the specific students are intended to access the learning materials; for example by assisting in organising the classroom environment (organisation of the instruments/keeping potentially problematic combination of children apart to avoid potential behavioural problems).
By helping the teacher to set out equipment quickly and in an organised manner you can help to establish this safe environment. Also, it helps to avoid the potential for poor student behaviour due to boredom as it can otherwise take a lot of time to prepare while the children are waiting.
At the end of the lesson, helping both the teacher and students to tidy things away properly can also help the teacher. This allows for a smoother transition into the next activity, minimising behavioural problems as stated earlier. This could also help to maximise learning in that children can get back on task quicker with the next learning activity. Likewise the teaching assistant may count equipment in/out (inventory) to support the school and teacher. The teacher or the school will have stated rules with regards to the safe use of musical equipment. A role of the teaching assistant will be to help in ensuring that simple classroom rules are...
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