What does a Teacher Assistant do?
Teachers lead classrooms at public and private schools to guide their students and help them understand academic information. They write curriculum, create worksheets, give lectures and guide students through interactive lessons, using different teaching styles to reinforce essential information. Teachers supervise the class throughout lessons and use techniques to correct unfocused behavior without distracting other students. They build trust with students as a way to manage their behavior and encourage engaged participation in the coursework.
Teachers use grading rubrics to assign scores to assignments and give feedback that their students can apply to future lessons. They track each child’s progress and meet with them to determine how to reach testing benchmarks. Teachers may also meet with parents to collaborate on additional support and accommodations.
Teacher Assistant skills and qualifications
The Teacher Assistant candidate needs a background in child development either through early child development classes or direct work experience. They should possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills that allow them to interact positively with both adults and children. Additional skills include the following:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Proven organizational and time management skills
- Ability to maintain a professional personal appearance, attitude and work behavior at all times
- Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
- Ability to work well with students with various learning needs
- Friendly and nurturing disposition
- Knowledge of basic childcare principles
Teacher Assistant salary expectations
The average salary for a Teacher Assistant is $11.71 per hour. Salary may depend on the level of experience, education and geographical location of the applicant.
Teacher Assistant education and training requirements
The Teacher Assistant position generally requires a high school diploma, state and company background checks and a negative tuberculosis (TB) test within the past 12 months. Depending on the scope of the responsibilities for the position, some child development education is favored. Often, CPR and First Aid certificates are mandatory.
Teacher Assistant experience requirements
The experience requirements for a Teacher Assistant vary greatly depending on the curriculum and needs of the organization. Some positions are only looking for as little as 6 months of experience, while others are looking for several years in a child education environment. Demonstrated experience working with children or excellent customer service experience and organization skills will sometimes meet entry-level requirements. At least 6 months of practicum hours through an early childhood education program is generally what most public schools require.
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