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Top Five Reasons Teaching Assistants are Amazing!

Samantha is a drama teacher who works in Secondary schools. She gives us her top five reasons why teaching assistants are amazing! 

1. Talented: Teaching assistants are some of the most talented staff in the school; they have to be able to communicate a subject matter that may not know much about to a student or group of without causing much disruption.  I can’t imagine following a student from maths to English to history and then science and being able to untangle the information myself before passing it on. The amount of focus that must take is massive.

2. Communication: Teaching assistants have the ability to talk to anybody and make things understandable to any student or staff member, the road goes both ways. Being able to explain something in many ways whilst not becoming frustrated is a skill that many do not have and that’s just with the teachers. Many teachers leave teaching assisants to their own devices and their task is to then work out what is required before delivering it.  Or in the opposite direction, passing on a student’s concerns and wishes to the teacher, without causing embarrassment or taking the teacher away from the class.

3. Patience: They have the patience of a very patient person, spending many hours a week with students who have behaviour issue can I imagine be tough work. A friend of mine once had a student threaten to stab her with a pencil on a daily basis. It’s amazing how a teaching assistant can relax a student, deflect the aggression and keep the class running smoothly for the leading teacher.

4. Compassion: All the teaching assistants I work with are able to show a compassion for their student’s and other students around them, caring and helping. Having an empathic approach to students mood swings, temperamental teachers and ever changing management must be a daily grind and yet many teaching assistants continue to smile through.

5. Accountable: Teaching Assistants are amazing at taking responsibility on in a classroom and wanting to help out or taking responsibility for a student’s progression. Being able to answer for a student’s progression and ability to cope in a class, providing evidence is a major stress creator. The responsibility of working intensely with students and keeping them on task is an amazing skill that benefits so many students.

Teaching assistants do an amazing job and giving student’s access to an education, essentially changing lives and enabling the leading teacher to do the same for the rest of the class.

This week we are celebrating all the great things about teaching assistants and what they do. Keep an eye on our blogs and facebook pages for the latest updates. 

Tags: Samantha, Bromley, Secondary, drama, supply, daily, teacher

Category: Australian Teachers

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