As a teaching assistant your teacher may involve you in the planning of a lesson, she will tell you what the lesson is about and who they want you to work with. When the teacher is planning the lesson you should have the opportunity to discuss and look at pupils work with the teacher, this is called review. Review is when you can look to see if the work that has been set has been done and if the child has understood what has been asked of them. It would be a good idea to walk around the classroom to see if the children are doing the work correctly, making notes and to let the teacher know, then you can discuss this and give feedback if there has been any problems, then the teacher will be able to plan the next lesson and try to resolve these problems. The cycle of planning is – PLANNING, TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT, REVIEW When a teacher is planning her lessons it could be long term planning which is yearly, medium term planning which is term time or short term planning which is weekly or daily planning of lessons. You should know the learning objectives so that you understand what is expected of the children. Some teachers may ask you for ideas on the lesson of how to help or improve the lesson for example if you are good in a certain subject.
You will need to work with the teacher so you understand the work you are covering, especially with activities and topics that have been planned. Sometimes you may not be asked about planning a lesson, but still speak to the teacher to see if you could suggest something of your own for the planning of the lesson. When the lesson has finished it would be an idea to discuss the learning activities and any success in the learning objectives, and to discuss if the learning objectives have been achieved. If this has not been achieved it would be a good idea to make a note of this, but on the other hand if this has been achieved then this should be noted as well, as this will give the teacher the information she needs for her next planned lesson. For example if one child does not understand what he/she is supposed to do and struggles throughout the lesson and if another child excelled through the lesson this will tell the teacher that the child needs more support in the lesson but for the child that has excelled in the lesson the teacher will be able to give that child more difficult tasks to do for the next lesson.
Identify own strengths and weaknesses in relation to supporting learning activities and how these may impact on the support that can be provided Unit 210 1.2
Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses can be beneficial as your strengths will make you feel confident in the subjects or areas you know, but if you have weaknesses whether in yourself, or you may be unsure of something or you feel you are weak in a subject you should always speak to the teacher about it especially when the teacher is planning for the lessons ahead. You should always understand what will be asked of you and what pupils are going to learn, if you are not sure of what to do it could end up being a disaster for the lesson, and for the child you are supporting. Here is a list of my strengths and weaknesses
Behaviour – I am good at dealing with children who have been badly behaved and reward children if their behaviour is good. English – I think I am good at English.
History – I really enjoy History from past, present and future. Cookery – I enjoy cookery, I like to make things from scratch and enjoy cookery lessons at my place of work. Feedback – I like to give as much feedback when asked by my teachers and work colleagues. Communicating – I think I communicate very well with my work colleagues and friends; I like to think I give good advice. Team player – I like to succeed in what I do, and being a team player I can help others to succeed too.
Maths – I am weak in certain maths areas, I am trying to overcome this by using “my maths” on the computer. Easily swayed – I think sometimes I am a little weak when it comes to the children as I do give into them easily. Reading – I don’t like to read out aloud to a group of people or children as I tend to get my words mixed up and start to stammer.
I am experienced in working within a school environment having worked in schools for a number of years. I know the different problems that I may encounter and how to deal with them. Being a mum of two teenagers I can relate to problems that children may be going through and I am able to give advice if needed. The children have respect for me and I am not afraid to give disciplinary action where needed and I also reward good behaviour to children giving them a sense of achievement.
Having been out of the learning environment for a number of years I am a bit rusty on some subjects such as maths, but I am trying to overcome this by learning from my maths. If you have weaknesses such as maths for example this could impact on the child you are supporting because if you do not understand what to do in the lesson then how will you help the child you are supporting. This is why it is best to know what the lesson plan is, then at least you can look up what will be studied in the lesson, that way you will understand what is asked of you therefore you will be able to support the child in that lesson.