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Evidence 1

Reflective Journal

SHC32 Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

1.1
Describe the duties and responsibilities of own work role.

I am a voluntary classroom assistant in a Primary school, mixed year group 1 and 2 class. The class does not have a paid teaching assistant and I am therefore fortunate with my involvement in the classroom. I work in partnership with the classroom teacher and student teacher in preparing and delivering learning activities. For example, I ensure that the correct children’s books are ready alongside any other learning resources required. Whilst the classroom teacher is teaching I ensure that the children are not distracted and are behaving in line with the golden rules. I sit with the children and quietly re focus them if required. I am responsible for various groups of children when they are doing their learning exercises. This includes ensuring they understand the work set, supporting them in completing set work and managing their behaviour. I also do 1 on 1 reading, whereby I take individual children to the library and give them my full attention with no distractions. I write in their reading log books and change their reading books when appropriate. I support the children with literacy, numeracy and science. I feedback to the class teacher after each lesson, both on the childrens’ understanding and on their behaviour. I have built relationships with the children during the last six months and this significantly helps me with my duties and responsibilities in my role.

1.2
Explain expectations about own work role as expressed in relevant standards.

2.1
Explain the importance of reflective practice in continuously improving the quality of service provided.

The ability to reflect on my performance in the classroom is paramount to improving my skills and the quality of service I deliver to both the teaching staff and children. When I first started this role, I had never worked with children in the classroom before (only adult learners). I used my instinct primarily as I did not know any techniques or strategies. I have developed my skills by reflecting on how and why I did certain things and assessing if there could have been a better practice. In order to continuously improve, I have to continuously reflect on the actual service I am providing against the ideal service to which I am aiming at. By reflecting I can identify specific goals and motivate myself to achieve them.

2.2
Demonstrate the ability to reflect on practice.

I reflect on my practice on a continual basis on order to develop my skills and become a better support to the teachers and children. I acknowledge my strengths after activities/days, for example, my relationships with the teacher and children. I assess specific activities and how I preformed in them. One example is reading one on one, with one particular child who struggles with this. My strengths were positively encouraging the child and building their confidence. My weakness in this instance is that I jumped in too quickly at times to offer support. On reflection I could have given the child more time to think, and attempt to sound out words without my intervention. This would enable him to be a more independent learner and develop his reading skills and confidence. Another example of reflecting on my ability relates to a more sensitive topic. Child X had his hand in his trousers and other children were noticing. I gave it an appropriate amount of time before quietly commenting ‘let’s have our hands in our laps’ to the children. I was worried that I either should have ignored it or there was a better way of dealing with this. I raised it with the class teacher following the lesson, who said it was ok to deal with it rather than ignore it. Whilst reflecting on this I identified that for me the most important thing to do is not embarrass the child or...
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