Describe how a learning support practitioner may contribute to the planning, delivering and review of learning activities. I contribute to planning by giving verbal and written feedback as well as going through children’s books to see how well the children have done on an activity. All the information that is fed back helps the teacher plan things for the next lesson helping them to get the correct pitch. I contribute to delivering the lesson by making sure I have read and understood the lesson plans, whilst having all the equipment available beforehand. Through close working relationships we have developed verbal and non verbal communication skills that enables us to work together to deliver a lesson. I also deliver support to whole class activities, small groups and individuals on a 1:1 basis. I contribute to the review of learning activities by being hands on and suggesting and putting forward my own ideas.
Identify own strengths and weaknesses in relation to supporting learning activities and how these may impact on the support that can be provided. Strengths Weaknesses
Being positive Confidence Enthusiastic Loud Help where needed Resources on larger scale/outside classroom Approachable Own maths and literacy Contribute
Can find class resources
Recognise which children need support
Step in for teacher if needed
I feel that my strengths impact on the support that I can provide in a positive way because I am a positive and enthusiastic person. I find this usually encourages the children to approach their work and be this way themselves. Being approachable will encourage them to come to me if they need help which in turn will make their day run in a ‘happy’ manner; learning it is fine to have help when they need it. My positive relationships with my teachers and colleagues and the contributions I make in class will reinforce the children’s relationships with me. Finding resources means I can work efficiently and engage with the children ensuring they are straight on task. By recognising the children that need support I can make sure they get the best from the lesson. I feel that my weaknesses impact on the support that I can provide in a negative way because the volume of my voice can distract children from the teacher and children in other group situations. My own self confidence with maths and literacy can affect my ability to deliver a lesson effectively, which can confuse the children and undermine their confidence. I need to familiarise myself with resources on a larger scale, outside of the classroom, so that the children can get the best resources when needed rather than substitutes.
Identify and agree with the teacher the opportunities for using information and communication technology to support learning. I have agreed with my teacher that the opportunities for using ICT are: In maths and literacy lessons using Education city, doing research with individuals on a computer as well as looking for resources.
Describe the sorts of problems that might occur when supporting learning activities and how to deal with them.
Child / Children not wanting to participate
Lack of child motivation/tired
Lack of interest
To easy / difficult (challenged children)
The objectives of the task
The lack of time given for the task
The communication of the task
How to deal with above:
•Know the children in the group and their possible strengths and weaknesses. •Keeping to lesson plans and staying on target.
•Putting thought, consideration and differentiating the plan, adapting...