Teaching Assistant

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

As a teaching assistant my role is to create a safe and positive learning environment to learn in. I would contribute to the lesson by trying to achieve this goal in the following way:
• Making sure there is suitable, safe space for all the equipment to be set up in.
• I would check to make sure that all the working area is clean and tidy of any other objects that are not needed for the lesson.
• I would also check that there will be adequate equipment and that all instruments are in good working order prior to use.
• I would also make sure I had a good knowledge of the instruments prior to the lesson, if I didn’t I would ask the teacher to clarify the names and also how they were to be used.
• To be a good role model and also show them how to use the instruments correctly.
• Helping children who may struggle using the instruments, showing them how to hold
• and play with them.
• Making sure that music sheets are available if needed.
• I would also monitor their behaviours by supervising and to try and minimize disruptive behaviour, which will help the children keep interest in the lesson.
• I would also ensure that I carry out observations on the children to make sure they have the ability to use the instruments and to achieve the outcome of the lesson.

As a teaching assistant I will supervised the class at all times to minimise disruption in the class or behaviour problems that would keep the other student interested. I should also be   prepared to offer feedback at the end of the session to either the children or the teacher.