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Details for Teacher Assistants


Description

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.

Tasks

  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.
  • 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.
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
  • Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers in order to coordinate instructional efforts.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials, in order to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
  • Organize and label materials, and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
  • Distribute tests and homework assignments, and collect them when they are completed.
  • Type, file, and duplicate materials.
  • Distribute teaching materials such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
  • Use computers, audiovisual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
  • Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
  • Carry out therapeutic regimens such as behavior modification and personal development programs, under the supervision of special education instructors, psychologists, or speech-language pathologists.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
  • Assist in bus loading and unloading.
  • Take class attendance, and maintain attendance records.
  • Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas, and submit outlines to teachers for review.
  • Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories, and assist students with hardware and software use.
  • Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems.
  • Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs.
  • Conduct demonstrations to teach such skills as sports, dancing, and handicrafts.
  • Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
  • Collect money from students for school-related projects.
  • Monitor classroom viewing of live or recorded courses transmitted by communication satellites.
  • Operate and maintain audiovisual equipment.
  • Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.
  • Assist librarians in school libraries.

Interests

  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

Knowledge

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills

  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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