Teaching Assistants Role

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

A Teaching Assistant would help implement the lesson plan by preparing the resources and environment for the lesson, therefore releasing the teacher to concentrate on delivering the optimum teaching for the maximum amount of time available.
A TA contributes by working with individuals or groups of children during the lesson encouraging them to participate constructively in accordance with the teachers instructions. This can allow the teacher to deliver the lesson to the class as a whole, whilst those who need extra help or prompting may be facilitated by the TA. This can be achieved by keeping the children focused on what the teacher is saying and actively taking part in the session alongside those who require extra influence.
Observe the outcomes of the lesson; make notes of any particular problems or individuals achievements that are identified during the course of the session.
Use agreed observation systems for any particular children who require extra assistance.
Deal with any behavioural issues that arise during the session, check the children use the equipment appropriately and effectively also, observe whether the pupils appear to be achieving the desired learning outcomes.
Deal with any other situations that arise during the course of the lesson, ie misbehaviour, sickness or interruptions from other children or members of staff, therefore helping to avoid the session and therefore learning from being disrupted.

2. What might be your role be in organizing, using and maintaining the learning resources, materials and equipment for the lesson discussed in question 1?

In preparing for the session the TA would firstly check the environment that the session is to be delivered in. They would consider the impact of that environment, is it at a suitable temperature, not too hot or too cold. Are there any hazards in the...