What do Teacher’s Assistants do?

Teacher Assistants perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher or another professional has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services. Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers in order to coordinate instructional efforts.

Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations. Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods. Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups in order to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers. Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.

Conduct demonstrations to teach such skills as sports, dancing, and handicrafts. Distribute teaching materials such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students. Distribute tests and homework assignments, and collect them when they are completed. Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.

Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices. Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials, in order to prevent injuries and damage. Observe students’ performance, and record relevant data to assess progress. Organize and label materials, and display students’ work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.

Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development. Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students’ progress or problems. Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs. Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas, and submit outlines to teachers for review. Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.

Take class attendance, and maintain attendance records. Assist in bus loading and unloading.Assist librarians in school libraries. Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.Carry out therapeutic regimens such as behavior modification and personal development programs, under the supervision of special education instructors, psychologists, or speech-language pathologists. Collect money from students for school-related projects. Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.

Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories, and assist students with hardware and software use. Monitor classroom viewing of live or recorded courses transmitted by communication satellites. Operate and maintain audiovisual equipment. Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms. Type, file, and duplicate materials.

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