Working alongside the teacher to manage/promote children’s behaviour. Understanding the way in which children learn and develop socially, emotionally and physically, so that she is able to support and enhance the learning process through a wider understanding of children’s needs and anticipating any problems and smoothing them over. Be able to create peaceful and productive learning environment in which the children can really progress. Following the school policies with regard to children’s behaviour.
Any worries or concerns about how to deal with children’s behaviour must be referred to the teacher. Be familiar with the ways individual teachers deal with children who demonstrate difficult behaviour to avoid giving conflicting message to the children. It is important, for consistency and effectiveness that the teachers and TA establish a good relationship and a shared understanding of how children’s behaviour will be managed. Encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviours using agreed classroom/school policy/strategies.
Helping with classroom records. Keep up-to date records using information provided by the teacher, it is important to complete the records accurately and legibly. TA should always double-check any record whenever filling it in. There is a legal requirement for schools to keep records of children and staff confidential so it is important that she is aware of issues concerning confidentiality. TA should access records under the direction of the teacher. TA should never discuss children’s records unless she is required to do so.
Such information should not be passed on to other people. When keeping information, TA must not leave the computer unattended. When personal information is accessible, passwords should keep information secure. Passwords should not be displayed in the office or classroom areas and discs & files should be locked away when not in use. TA should review and dispose of any unwanted personal data. Supporting children’s work using the material and strategies agreed by the teacher.
Supporting different activities such as class discussions, small group activities and independent learning as directed by the teacher. It is important to understand not only what the children are to do, but what they are expected to learn. (P7) Working to build positive relationships with all children to gain the children’s trust. All the children should receive the same respect, consideration, interest and understanding as any adult in the community, and it is important that the TA is serving as a role model for the children.
Communicating effectively – it is important to communicate effectively with children to build an effective relationship. Knowing the stages of language development of children at different age is useful. TA has to think about the best way to communicate effectively with children, whether or not she is working with a child who is just starting school or with the older child(ren) with special need. TA should encourage children to interact in a positive manner, as she is serving as a role model for the children.