Teacher’s aides, also known as teaching assistants, work with and under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Teacher’s aides may work with small groups of students and report back any specific needs that they identify. Teacher’s aides may also work with special education students. This could be in a normal classroom where they provide extra support to a student, or this could be in a special education classroom. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists common duties of teacher’s aides including:
- Reinforcing lessons by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups
- Following school and classroom rules to teach students proper behavior
- Helping teachers with recordkeeping, such as taking attendance and calculating grades
- Getting equipment or materials ready to help teachers prepare for lessons
- Supervising students outside of the classroom, such as between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips
The majority of teacher’s aides work in public elementary schools but some work in childcare centers and private school systems. Teacher’s aides must be able to work well with children. Having a passion for children is imperative. Working with children requires a variety of skills including patience, communication skills, interpersonal skills and resourcefulness. The Classroom Partnership names the top six qualities they believe to be important in a teacher’s aide or assistant.
- They’re good with children-teacher’s aides need to understand how children develop and learn. They understand that each child is different and has a learning style and they work to adapt to keep children learning effectively.
- Flexible and adaptable- children can be unpredictable and when trying to teach them, they may not be prepared to learn a certain way. A great teacher’s aide will adapt to the child or group of children and redirect the lesson plan.
- Solid literacy and numeracy skills- having knowledge of literacy and numeracy skills is one thing, but a teacher’s aide must be able to effectively teach these skills to children.
- Ability to communicate effectively- teacher’s aides do not only communicate with students, but with parents and guardians as well.
- Teaching assistants are prepared- they must have lesson plans and activities planned beforehand. Having a plan for the week ahead can help them plan how they will deliver messages and lessons to children. Doing so without a plan can be less effective.
- They’re able to provide effective feedback- a teacher’s aide can help identify if a child is falling behind in a subject. They are also able to identify if a child is excelling in a certain area and becoming bored. They report this back to the teacher and plan remediation or come up with new challenges for children who are ahead.
Volunteering within a school system, whether or not you have children, can help lead to a job or career. As a military spouse, your family will potentially be moving around frequently. When your children start a new school, volunteering will get your foot in the door and could lead to a career as a teacher’s aide. This is an ideal portable career as there are schools everywhere. According to the BLS, the career of teacher’s aides is expected to increase 8% from 2016 to 2026. As the government funding for schools increases, the need for teacher’s aides is expected to increase.
Ed4Career’s course bundle for teacher’s aides will teach more about becoming a teacher’s aide, but it will also teach child development. It is important to know how children develop physically, mentally and emotionally when working with them on a daily basis. If you have a passion for working with and teaching children, start molding young minds today as a teacher’s aide!
Ed4Career offers opportunities in Education and Children. This is a complete course bundle that includes Child & Adolescent Development , Child Health, Safety and Nutrition, Teacher's Aide, Classroom Management Secrets, Discover a Career as a Teaching Assistant, SMART Board Training and Creating Safe Classroom Environments courses. Upon successful completion this bundle of courses, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the ETS’ ParaPro Assessment Certification exam. States may require additional education and experience for employment, so please check with your local Education Department.
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