Describe how you might contribute to a lesson given to a group of seven year old children learning to play percussion instruments.
Obviously before the lesson starts the teacher needs to lay out the objectives of the lesson, including the plan for what the teaching assistants role will be. It could be possible that the teacher wants the assistant to support a small group of children who may have greater learning needs than the rest of the class. As a teaching assistant it would be my responsibility to help with the planning of the lesson – what equipment we need, what our desired learning goals are and how we will achieve them. Because the lesson will be involving percussion instruments we will be making a lot of noise. It would be unfair to other people in the school if we were disrupting their lesson.
It would be much more practical to house the lesson in a bigger room or one that was far away from other classrooms e.g. the school hall or even outside. Not only does this save the rest of the school but also gives our pupils a change of scenery. Changing the environment could also stimulate the children’s attention and make them much more interested in the lesson. It would be my responsibility as teaching assistant to set up the teaching space as discussed with the teacher before the lesson began. In this instance it would be making sure the instruments were all safely assembled and prepared for the pupils.
Another way I could contribute to the lesson would be when I broke away into my little group of pupils. I would show them how to play the instruments and give each of the children a chance to experiment on their own. I would also offer extra support for the pupils who need it and let the teacher know if there is anyone having particular difficulty with the task and work out if there is a way we can better aid them in future lessons.
My final contribution to the lesson would be ensuring the equipment used by the class was put away appropriately and cleaned if necessary. I would also ensure all of the pupils belongings and work (if they had been using worksheets) was out of the hall/area and the room was left clean for the next class to use.
What might your role be in organising, using and maintaining the learning resources, material and equipment for this percussion lesson?
Before the lesson started I would ensure the equipment we needed to use – in this instance the percussion instruments, were available for the time we wanted to use them. The equipment may be in heavy demand and may need to be booked a week in advance. The same could also be possible for the room we intended to use for the lesson. I would also need to let the teacher know when the equipment and room was available so we could work it into our class timetable.
Prior to the lesson beginning I would set up the room we chose to house the lesson and make sure there is enough equipment for all of the children to use. I would also make sure all of the instruments were safe, clean and ready for the children to use. If any of the instruments were broken I would report it to the proper people or note it into a maintenance book. When placing any equipment out it is important that I implement the correct health and saftey practices and make sure I do not block any exits or fire escapes. I also need to follow the lesson plan set up by the teacher. Whilst the lesson was in session I would ensure all of the instruments were still in working order and that all of the pupils were using them correctly.
When the lesson was over it would by my responsibility to put away all of the equipment and make sure it is ready for the next class who want to use them. I would also need to make sure the room we had been working in was clean and ready to be used again.
Describe how you act in class in order to be an effective role model for the standards of behaviour expected in pupils.
As a teaching assistant it is important...
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