What do Teacher Assistants do?
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.
- 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 such skills 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.
- Assist librarians in school libraries.
- Monitor classroom viewing of live or recorded courses transmitted by communication satellites.
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