Profession secondary school teaching assistant
Secondary school teaching assistants provide various support services to secondary school teachers such as instructional and practical support. They help with the preparation of lesson materials needed in class and reinforce instructions with students in need of extra attention. They also perform basic clerical duties, monitor the students' learning progress and behaviour and supervise the students with and without the teacher present.
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- Social / Conventional
- Monitor student's behaviour
Supervise the student's social behaviour to discover anything unusual. Help solve any issues if necessary.
- Maintain students' discipline
Make sure students follow the rules and code of behaviour established in the school and take the appropriate measures in case of violation or misbehaviour.
- Support children's wellbeing
Provide an environment that supports and values children and helps them to manage their own feelings and relationships with others.
- Manage children's problems
Promote the prevention, early detection, and management of children`s problems, focusing on developmental delays and disorders, behavioural problems, functional disabilities, social stresses, mental disorders including depression, and anxiety disorders.
- Secondary school procedures
The inner workings of a secondary school, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.
- Apply teaching strategies
Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.
- Adapt teaching to student's capabilities
Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.
- Perform playground surveillance
Observe students' recreational activities to ensure student safety and well-being and intervene when necessary.
- Guarantee students' safety
Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.
- Provide lesson materials
Ensure that the necessary materials for teaching a class, such as visual aids, are prepared, up-to-date, and present in the instruction space.
- Assess the development of youth
Observe and assess the developmental needs of children and young people in all aspects of their developmental, identity, emotional, social, linguistic and communication needs.
- Assist students in their learning
Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.
- Give constructive feedback
Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.
- Teach secondary education class content
Instruct students in the theory and practice of the secondary school course of your specialisation, taking into account the age of the students and modern teaching methods.
- Provide teacher support
Assist teachers in classroom instruction by providing and preparing lesson materials, monitoring the students during their work and helping them in their learning where necessary.
- Observe student's progress
Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.
- Support the positiveness of youths
Help children and young people to assess their social, emotional and identity needs and to develop a positive self image, enhance their self esteem and improve their self reliance.
- Manage student relationships
Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.
- Compile course material
Write, select or recommend a syllabus of learning material for the students enrolled in the course.
- Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements
Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.
Optional knowledge and skillsassist students with equipment consult students on learning content perform classroom management teamwork principles assess students prepare lesson content arrange parent teacher conference escort students on a field trip assist in the organisation of school events adolescent socialisation behaviour first aid consult student's support system maintain relations with children's parents pedagogy prepare youths for adulthood curriculum objectives promote the safeguarding of young people recognise indicators of gifted student advise on lesson plans keep records of attendance disability types work with virtual learning environments learning difficulties identify learning disorders monitor educational developments liaise with educational staff
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