Teaching Assistant Diploma Course
1, Describe how you might contribute to a lesson given to a group of seven year old childen learning to play percussion instruments. The role of a teaching assistant is to maximise learning, create a safe and positive learning environment and to minimise behaviour problems. I would contribute to the lesson by trying to achieve this goal in the following way:
Locate a suitable area within the school where the class can use the instruments without disturbing other pupils
Locate the necessary instruments and sheet music, make sure they are in safe working order and won’t cause injury when used. Report any breakages to the teacher.
Set up an area within the room, ensuring that I am not blocking any fire exits. Also clear away any existing blockages.
Prepare any displays, etc that could be needed showing the difference between percussion, brass, woodwind. Or how drums have been used by the army for marching, or how rowers use the beat of a drum for timing.
Split the instruments into their different groups – drum, triangle, and tambourine.
Gain a basic working knowledge of each instrument, so I am equipped to supervise the children in how they work and how to hold the various pieces.
Be a good role model for the children in demonstration of equipment.
Clean up the working area when the class has finished, check the instruments over for any breakages and put them away for future use.
Observe the class and be ready to offer any help to pupils who are struggling.
Observe and monitor the pupils’ behaviour and ensure they are paying attention and minimise any disruptive behaviour
Be ready to offer any feed back to the teacher at the end of class.
2, What might your role be in organising, using and maintaining the learning resources, material and equipment for this percussion lesson? As a teaching assistant I would assist in the preparation of the resources, ensuring that all the equipment required was set out before the lesson begins. This includes arranging chairs in way to minimise risk to the pupils and ensure they can all observe clearly. There are enough available instruments to complete the lesson outcome, also that the same are in a safe working order and clean, report any breakages to the teacher. The classroom floor is free of hazards. Be aware of a convenient and safe fire exit and also the location nearest first aider.
Prepare and arrange any displays that are required. I may also have to arrange for an OHP during the lesson, therefore I would have to ensure it’s working correctly and has the correct electrical safety certificate, and during use the wires are out of the way to prevent trips or falls.
Check that there are sufficient music sheets that maybe required for the lesson. Ensure they are readable, report if they are damaged and photocopy any extra as required. At the end of the lesson I would check over all the equipment used and report any breakages to the teacher. Clean the equipment for hygiene purposes and put them away correctly. Clean all the work surfaces used and return the room back to its original state.
3, Describe how you act in class in order to be an effective role model for the standards of behaviour expected in pupils? As a Teaching Assistant I need to be an effective role model to promote positive behaviour from the pupils in all aspects of their lives, not just within the school environment. How can you expect them to adopt a positive and can do attitude if the one you’re portraying is negative.
I would welcome all pupils into the classroom with a smile and wish them well as they leave, this enables to set up of a relationship and communication and would let them see that I am pleased to see them and want to be in their company.
Speak with clarity and address the children in the appropriate manner and never swear and make it clear you wish the children to also act in the same manner...
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