Job role:

Teaching Assistant

Full and Part-time available

Job purpose:

Teacher assistants work under the supervision of a lead teacher, providing additional assistance and instruction to students. Teacher assistants typically work one-on-one with students to help them understand and apply principles taught by the classroom teacher. They often circulate the classroom while students are completing assignments and assist students who are struggling with their work.

Many teacher assistants work closely with SEN students to assist them with physical, emotional, mental, and learning disabilities. These teaching assistants may be assigned to one or two challenged learners to support them with their classes.

Teacher Assistant duties & responsibilities:

Working as a teacher assistant requires candidates to be able to perform duties that include the following:1

  • Provide support and reinforcement for teachers and lessons.
  • Give one-on-one or small group instruction and lesson review.
  • Help teachers with attendance, grading, and other administrative tasks.
  • Set up materials and equipment to help teachers prepare lessons.
  • Provide additional supervision for students during class, lunch, break, between classes, and on class outings or trips.

Teacher Assistant skills & competencies:

In addition to the technical skills you will learn in a classroom, there are several characteristics needed for success in this occupation. Some refer to those non-technical skills as soft skills, and they include:

  • Interpersonal Skills:┬áTeacher assistants interact with many others besides students, including parents, teachers, and administrators. It’s important to be able to handle and maintain good working relationships on an ongoing basis.
  • Communication Skills: Teacher assistants must have the ability to communicate student progress and challenges constructively with both teachers and parents.
  • Patience:┬áTeacher assistants must be able to remain patient with each student, regardless of the child’s varying abilities and background.
  • Resourcefulness:┬áTeacher assistants need an abundance of resourcefulness and creativity to explain lessons in a manner that is customized to each student’s ability to absorb information.