As a Teaching Assistant my role is to maximise learning, create a safe and positive environment and minimise behavioural problems.
To achieve these aims communication with the class teacher is essential and knowledge of the learning objectives that are to be achieved should be understood.
Prior to a lesson where children are taught to play percussion instruments one of my roles will be to set up the learning environment ensuring the classroom is clean, safe and tidy. The desks and chairs will need to be laid out in a manner suitable to allow the instruments to be used safely and correctly. The required number of instruments should be checked and all instruments should be cleaned and ensured that they are safe and in working order. Good preparation beforehand will save time and prevent boredom therefore minimising behavioural problems.
It may be my responsibility to copy and/or laminate any music sheets or other resources required for the lesson. The class teacher may request the use of a video recorder to record the children or a short film to show the instruments being played. I will need to be familiar with where the equipment is kept and how to use it safely and efficiently.
During the lesson I may be required to work with the group as a whole, a small number of children or an individual child. Knowledge of the instruments will be required to enable confident assistance and encouragement to the children. I may need to show the children how to hold the instruments correctly, how they are played and explain any relevant safety instructions.
During the lesson I will be encouraging the children to participate, to ensure all children gain the full experience of the lesson. I may be required to support children who require further assistance and make any observations that the class teacher has requested be made.