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Describe the roles and responsibilities of the Teaching Assistant

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P1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the Teaching Assistant. *Teaching assistant = TA WORKING WITH THE TEACHER Working the partnership to plan, prepare and maintaining learning environment. Working alongside the teacher to plan works/activities. Knowing exactly what is required to support children and how to deal with children who are having difficulties, as she will not be able to ask the teacher questions during the activity. TA should plan activity in advance with clear objectives to make sure it runs smoothly. Helping to organise the learning environment and supporting the introduction of new activities. The learning environment can be any areas not just a classroom, e.g. playground, Hall/gym, Computer Room, Cooking area and so on. Hence the need to be familiar with all these areas before working with them, so that she is able to carry out activities with children. Always asking advice from others if she is not familiar with a particular area of the school. Preparing and setting out classroom resources and equipment as directed by the teacher. Following the rules and procedures of health and safety (e.g. ensuring all equipment and surfaces are safe, hygienic and usable). Knowing where the school stores the equipments and resources. Knowing how different items of equipment work before using/carrying out the activities to avoid any disruption and accident during the activities. (P 7) All children including special education needs (SEN) should be given the same equal opportunities. They should be considered when planning and setting out materials and resources. ...read more.

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It is important to understand not only what the children are to do, but what they are expected to learn. (P7) Working to build positive relationships with all children to gain the children's trust. All the children should receive the same respect, consideration, interest and understanding as any adult in the community, and it is important that the TA is serving as a role model for the children. Communicating effectively - it is important to communicate effectively with children to build an effective relationship. Knowing the stages of language development of children at different age is useful. TA has to think about the best way to communicate effectively with children, whether or not she is working with a child who is just starting school or with the older child(ren) with special need. TA should encourage children to interact in a positive manner, as she is serving as a role model for the children. Encouraging children to be independent by: - Giving them positive encouragement and praise so as to give them a feeling of achievement and desire to sustain their interest in learning activities. - Listening carefully to the children. Taking notice of their contribution so that they feel they are being valued. - Ensuring that children have sufficient resources to complete the task so that they do not need to seek help from the adult. Ensuring that the resources are accessible and that the children know where to find them within the classroom. ...read more.

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Always check with the teacher (or the line manager) if in doubt Teamwork. Get on well with other members of the team. Communicate effectively with other member of staffs and support others. Personal and professional relationships should be kept separate, carrying out duties well and cheerfully, considering other members of the team, acknowledging the support and ideas of other team members, not gossiping and talking about other people within the team and always being open and honest with colleagues about the ability to provide support. Dealing appropriately with difficulties in maintaining working relationships, either by taking direct action to resolve difficulties, or by referring them to someone who has the authority to deal with them. Information sharing with teamwork is subject to the principle of confidentiality. Respect should be shown for the roles of other team members of staffs. Organisation structure. Knowing the different roles of the team members in the school and the process of decision-making within the team. Attending staff meetings. . When meeting with the teacher or SEN, giving feedback on the progress of the children. TA must make relevant contributions to provide more effective support for both the teacher and the children, ensuring the contributions are relevant and helpful to the work of the team. Opinion should be expressed in a clear and concise manner, demonstrating respect for the contributions made by the team. Making notes during the meetings to remind oneself of any action that might need to be taken from the discussion made by the team. Training. TA might undertake training to enhance personal development and to use the knowledge to benefit the school. ...read more.

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