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Taking up LSA opportunities

Sometimes daily supply teaching work is quiet and you might take up a learning support assistant role for the day. Sophie shares what she learnt on that particular day.

When I first started supply teachinh and there was not much work on one particular day I got offered an learning support assistant (LSA) position even though I am a teacher. I am writing this to tell you how much this experience helped me. Although you may think you are not qualified for this job or it is not what you wanted to do, I strongly advise for everyone that is offered it to take an opportunity like this. To start with it is much better to get paid for this experience rather than doing nothing. You may get noticed or find a school you really love and would be able to progress further.

The true reason I am writing this is for the amount I learnt that day.

It is quite strange seeing teaching from another point of view and it was such a learning point for me. I got to meet new people and see how a school worked and this always makes a difference on the supply register.  I got to learn new things and interact with more children as I was not focused on the whole class just a few individuals. It was a great way to work with children and learn from this experience. I got to discuss with the teacher the structure of the day and understand how an LSA is used. I can now transfer this to my teaching and I now understand how better to instruct other adults in the classroom.

Some schools do not have LSA’s so it was interesting for me to build on my experience and something that can improve my classroom knowledge. If you have been on placements where you have not had an LSA this is a great opportunity to have to prepare you for your career in teaching.

This job also allowed me to observe the teacher in the way they present new ideas and classroom management.  There are many strategies I have taken away from this that I will use on the supply register and when I get a class of my own. Sharing good practice is a great way to learn especially being new into teaching. So when presented with this opportunity just think about what it may be like and how you could benefit from this.

Sophie is a primary teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Sophie has become a regular blogger for Protocol Education and she covers a wide range of topics.

Tags: SophieW, Bristol, NQT, teacher, supply

Category: Australian Teachers

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