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Celebrating Teaching Assistants

Daniela knows that there are does that she couldn't have survived without her teaching assistant. 

I cannot even count the number of times my housemates and myself have come home after a day of supply teaching and have said “and thank goodness for the TA or else..”.

They have turned the dreariest days around for me. They clarify all confusion, they lend a helping hand in those instances where you can’t figure out which mixed ability group gets which maths sheet and they take on the struggling groups and help them make remarkable progress.

There have been teaching assistants that I have worked frequently with that know exactly when to give certain suggestions or insight to help me out, or when to involve themselves into my activity or lesson to help guide students along. They make a point of locating resources for me when they are not already provided as well as locating particular staff members that I need. They know the children and the routines, and are an extremely valuable asset in the classroom for a supply teacher.

Not only do they offer an enormous helping hand, but they also provide a sense of comfort and security for the students as well as myself. I always value a teaching assistant that has conversations with me and takes the time to get to know me, because it is with these teaching assistants that I feel I have built a relationship with in case I work with them again.

Over time as you frequent certain schools and classrooms more often as a supply teacher, it is the teaching assistants you build the professional relationships with because you are working so closely with them and they will remember you and acknowledge you for your efforts as a supply teacher. They can also play a role in helping to bring you back as a supply to a certain school by recommending you or praising you to the original classroom teacher upon their return. It makes sense – why wouldn’t we dedicate a week celebrating such an important member of staff that makes our days as supply teachers a hundred times easier?

We are celebrating how fantastic teaching assistants are this week. Samantha, a secondary teacher, shares her Top Five Reasons Teaching Assistants are Amazing... make sure you don't miss it! Do you have something great to say about your teaching assistant or teaching assistants? Visit www.protocol-education.com/news/article/teaching-assistants to find out how you can show your support. 


Tags: DanielaB, London, Canadian-trained, supply

Category: Australian Teachers


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