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Teacher Assistant Overview

Love seeing the look of awe when you explain a concept to someone? How about planning and organizing notes? 

Becoming a teacher assistant is a great job for someone with a passion for teaching and a desire to gain some experience in teaching without the full responsibilities of a teacher. Teacher assistants get to shadow teachers and understand learning from a student’s perspective as well!

Responsibilities

  • Plan, prepare, and organize lessons. Help the teacher in creating exciting content for students to engage with; occasionally leading the lessons are a great way to gain experience teaching.
  • Grade assignments. Teacher assistants will have loads of papers, tests, quizzes to grade and while it’ll be quite painful, aiding in this process can help you understand the problems students are having to help them overcome these challenges!
  • Tutor and instruct students individually or in small groups. One-on-one assistance is extremely helpful for students and as an assistant, students will definitely feel comfortable going to you for help.

Skills

  • Flexibility and adaptability are crucial. Read the situation and alter your behavior to fit the situation; students learn from varied methods of teaching, so if you can be creative in teaching, they will soak up the knowledge.
  • Strong communication skills. Explaining the concepts in different ways is a must as a teacher-in-training, as some students learn better visually and some students learn better by understanding multiple explanations.
  • Juggling many tasks at once. Teacher assistants have to carry out many tasks such as making powerpoints, grading quizzes, and making outlines. Multi-tasking is a necessity to accomplish all of these goals.
  • Professionality. You are a role model! Students look up to teacher assistants, so keep it professional in appearance and demeanor.

Experience

Teacher assistants usually just need a high school degree, but additional college courses and job experience can lead to greater opportunities. Experience in instruction and child development are useful in becoming a teacher assistant.

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