1) Describe how you might contribute to a lesson given to a group of seven year old children learning to play percussion instruments. As a teaching assistant ,creating and maintaining a quality and sound learning environment will be my main contribution by focussing on the following objectives:- * To maximise learning opportunities
* To create safe and positive environment
* To diminish disruptive behaviour problems.
All of the above help to ensure that the teacher can focus on teaching the class. I would be expected to be active in supporting and supervising the pupil’s learning under the plan of class teacher. By following the plan set out by the teacher I would firstly organise and set out the required resources e.g:- chairs, tables, musical instruments etc. I would confirm from the teacher whether there are any children in the class who need special support. I have to make sure that all the working area is clean and tidy and there is suitable and safe space for all equipment to be set up in. I would also check that if there is adequate equipment in good working order prior to use. I have to make sure that I have a good knowledge of the instruments prior to lesson, if there is any sort of confusion I have to clarify it from the teacher. During the lesson I would make sure that students are using the instruments in a right way, offering help wherever needed. I would instruct them how to use each instrument, encouraging learners to have fun. I would observe each pupil’s behaviour and progress throughout and record information if required. Throughout the whole session I would ensure that school’s health and safety procedure was followed .After the lesson was finished I would encourage the children to tidy up the instruments making sure nothing was damaged for the next use ,If any damage happened it must be reported to the teacher and recorded and all inventory records must be updated. As a teaching assistant I would also prepare myself for offering feedback to either the children or the teacher .If needed I would review the lesson with the teacher and pass on all information or any specific concerns.
2) What might be your role in organising, using and maintaining the learning resources, material and equipment for this percussion lesson? Effective classroom organisation is supposed to maximise the time spent on teaching and learning experiences, so as a teaching assistant I have a vital role to play . Following the requirements of the lesson plan set out by the teacher, I would firstly make sure that the classroom is clean, tidy, and prepared for the lesson. I would set out all the music sheets and instruments in the quantity specified by the teacher and I would also bear in mind any inclusion policies and implications, if any pupil required additional support. Feedback should then be given to the teacher whether sufficient equipment is available for the day intended so that other arrangements can be made if necessary. I would check all the equipment to ensure that it is in compliance with Health and safety policy, is clean and hygienic and is appropriate for the pupils to use. Inventory of all equipment should be maintained properly, all instruments being used should be logged out and their condition should be noted, if there are any problems they must be recorded in maintenance log. I would make sure that the guidelines of the teacher are followed in the positioning of each instrument. While the lesson is in progress it is important to monitor the use of equipment to ensure that they are used in accordance with the guidelines and wherever necessary provide guidance to the pupils for safe and sound use. At the end of lesson I would also encourage students to be responsible to put instruments away correctly and safely at their appropriate places avoiding any damage to the equipment. I would also make sure that all work surfaces are clean and the classroom is back to how it would have been at the beginning...
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