Career summary

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

  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Teach social skills to students.
  • Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs.
  • Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Distribute tests and homework assignments and collect them when they are completed.
  • Distribute teaching materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
  • Clean classrooms.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
  • Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
  • Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
  • Type, file, and duplicate materials.
  • 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.
  • Assist in bus loading and unloading.
  • Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Collect money from students for school-related projects.
  • Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas and submit outlines to teachers for review.
  • Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories and assist students with hardware and software use.
  • Take class attendance and maintain attendance records.
  • Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment.
  • Monitor classroom viewing of live or recorded courses transmitted by communication satellites.
  • Conduct demonstrations to teach skills, such as sports, dancing, and handicrafts.
  • Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids, such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs.
  • Assist librarians in school libraries.
  • Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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