Teaching Assistant Assignment 1

Describe how you might contribute to a lesson given to a group of seven year old children learning to play percussion instruments?

Before the lesson starts I would discuss with the class teacher

Which percussion instruments are the children using?
How many pupils are in the lesson?
Where will we be using the instruments?
Where are the instruments kept?
How would you like me to assist during the lesson?

After this has all been discussed I would then prepare the instruments. I would get them out make sure they were safe and clean for the children to use and in good condition. I would also research to make sure I new how to play the instruments and what they were all called so I could answer any questions.
During the lesson I would supervise the children and help them to use the instruments and encourage them to listen to the teacher. I would also support any children having difficulties and give them praise and lots of encouragement. I would also observe children’s behaviour and make sure they have a good understanding of the lesson so that I could give feedback to the teacher.
After the lesson I would check all the instruments making sure they are in good condition and put them away in the correct place.

What might your role be in organising, using and maintaining the learning resources, materials and equipment for this percussion lesson?

My role as a teaching assistant is to find out where the instruments are kept. To check the instruments make sure they are safe and clean to use before the lesson. Put the instruments out ready to use for the lesson. To make sure the children are using the instruments safely and correctly. At the end of lesson check the instruments again make sure they are clean and in good working order and then tidy them away in the correct place.

Describe how you act in class in order to be an effective role model for the standards of behaviour expected in pupils?

I would have a positive attitude and I would...