You may have noticed a small group of very busy women in our school doing one or all of the below…
Sitting and listening to a student outside a classroom
Making milos and chatting with students
Teaching phonics with small groups of students
Someone to read to Marie in Room 13
Practising basic facts with small groups
Supervising classes while teachers work with individuals or small groups
Copying and laminating resources for teachers
Running the enviro group
Helping our children with English as a Second Language
Running oral language sessions
Working one on one supporting speech development
Supporting our children during transition times
Shopping and cooking for camps
Supporting teachers and students on trips
Taking students to Riding for Development
Tidying up resources, kitchens and workspaces
Running programs like Early Words, Rainbow Reading, Lexia, Bricks club…
and much more.
Hard at work in Diana s space
This group of valued staff members are our teacher aides and we acknowledge the positive contribution they make to our school and class environments. Some have been with us for 21 years and others just a year.
What makes a great teacher aide?
Flexibility as changes are made to their day, often last minute. There are often learning tasks to be adapted for their students.
Invaluable one on one time with Tracey Room 12
Willingness to learn as they ask questions and build knowledge around the students they work with and different programmes we ask them to run.
Patience & empathy as they support students to recognise their feelings and find strategies to manage themselves.
Being encouraging & persistent as they help students become independent which in turn instils self-esteem as students learn to complete tasks by themselves- their aim is to do themselves out of a job actually!
Celebrating success with Cindy Room 3
Observant and organised as they turn up each day ready to support teachers in whatever is needed at that particular time on that particular day.
Problem solvers and positive as they think of different ways to motivate our reluctant learners.
Building relationships with Jackie in Room 8
Teacher aides are an invaluable resource for teachers and students and are incredibly passionate about their job.
What our students had to say…
She helps people learn how to write. I get to share news with her and she shares news with the class. Year 2
It makes the class better. She helps everyone. It keeps the class calmer. Year 5
Dallas role modelling in Room 1
She helps me and makes me think I can do it. She makes me feel better. Year 6
We’ve got extra back up if the teacher can’t help us. She’s been taking us out to do experiments and stuff. Year 4
Supporting group work in Rm 8
Keywords: support, help, learning, relationships