Supporting the Teacher Unit 1 Teaching Assistant Level 2 Essay examples

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Unit 1 Supporting the Teacher

Task 1
The key aspects of the role of a teaching assistant are to help raise educational standards in the classroom by providing support for the pupils, the teacher and the school. They must also promote a quality learning environment and contribute to making a positive, quality and effective classroom environment. Which in turn shall maximise learning, minimise behavioural problems and help to create a safe and positive environment.

The teaching assistant can support the teacher by preparing and maintaining the learning environment, preparing the learning resources and learning materials for use and monitoring and maintaining the learning environment and resources. They must also ensure that all
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Task 3
In terms of what my role would be in a lesson given to seven year olds learning to play percussion instruments I would first correspond with the teacher as to what the lesson would entail. I would help keep the focus on instructions given and to keep the pupils engaged on the task at hand. An attentive teaching assistant will help pupil’s minds from wandering off their work, which could happen in a large or lots of smaller groups with only one adult. This additional attention supports pupils helping them to become better learners, and by showing a genuine interest in their work will in turn raise the pupils self esteem. If in numerous smaller groups I would supervise, support and assist the smaller groups in the activities set out by the teacher and work with the smaller groups under the management of the teacher.

Task 3 continued
When organising the learning resources, materials and equipment I would firstly prepare the learning resources at the teachers specification, for example the teacher may ask for the tables to be moved to the outskirts of the classroom and for the chairs to be formed in to a circle in the centre of the room. I would check with the teacher if any special safety equipment may be needed for all students or any in particular and ensure that the are out and ready to use. Also from a safety aspect I would make sure that the lesson was taking part in a

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