Teacher Assistants Career
Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.
What Job Titles Teacher Assistants Might Have
- Instructional Assistant
- Special Education Teaching Assistant
- Teacher Assistant
What Teacher Assistants Do
- Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.
- Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
- Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
- Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
- Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
- Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
- Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
- Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
- Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
- Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
- Distribute teaching materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
- Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
- Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
- Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
- Type, file, and duplicate materials.
- Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.
- Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
- 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.
- Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories and assist students with hardware and software use.
- Distribute tests and homework assignments and collect them when they are completed.
- Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices.
- Take class attendance and maintain attendance records.
- Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas and submit outlines to teachers for review.
- Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems.
- Conduct demonstrations to teach skills, such as sports, dancing, and handicrafts.
- Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids, such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs.
- Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
- Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment.
- Collect money from students for school-related projects.
What Teacher Assistants Should Be Good At
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
What Teacher Assistants Should Be Interested In
What Teacher Assistants Need to Learn
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
This page includes information from by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the license.