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Teaching Assistant Job Description

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SUMMARY:

A Teaching Assistant is a valuable educational support professional who collaborates with classroom teachers to enhance the learning experience of students. This role involves providing assistance in various aspects of teaching, classroom management, and student support.

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FUNCTIONAL DUTIES:

  1. Classroom Support:
    • Assist the classroom teacher in preparing and organizing instructional materials, activities, and resources.
    • Supervise and support students during lessons, group work, and independent study.
  2. Individualized Student Support:
    • Provide additional assistance to students with diverse learning needs, including those with disabilities or language barriers.
    • Implement accommodations and modifications as specified in individualized education plans (IEPs).
  3. Assessment and Grading:
    • Assist in the administration and scoring of quizzes, tests, and assignments.
    • Record and maintain student performance data for the teacher’s review.
  4. Behavior Management:
    • Assist in maintaining classroom discipline and managing student behavior.
    • Implement behavior management strategies and de-escalation techniques as needed.
  5. Inclusive Classroom Environment:
    • Promote a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment that respects diversity and encourages student participation and engagement.
    • Support social and emotional learning and encourage positive peer interactions.
  6. Small Group and Individual Instruction:
    • Lead small group sessions or work one-on-one with students who need additional help or extension activities.
    • Address students’ questions and provide clarifications as necessary.
  7. Communication and Collaboration:
    • Maintain open communication with the classroom teacher, parents, and other school staff.
    • Collaborate with teachers and specialists to implement and evaluate support strategies.
  8. Professional Development:
    • Participate in professional development and training opportunities to enhance teaching skills and knowledge.
    • Stay up-to-date with best practices in education.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (Associate’s degree or relevant coursework is a plus).
  • Previous experience working with students, preferably in an educational setting.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Patience, empathy, and the ability to connect with and support students with diverse needs.
  • Classroom management and behavior intervention skills.
  • Adaptability and a willingness to follow teacher instructions.
  • A commitment to creating an inclusive and respectful learning environment.
  • Basic computer skills for data entry and using educational software.
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills to work effectively with teachers and students.

Note: This job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position and is not exhaustive. Duties and responsibilities may be adjusted to meet the specific needs of the educational institution.

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