This understanding should be used to connect the hypothesis and theory with my own practice as a teaching assistant within the school. Furthermore, children’s behaviour, development and current skills should be observed to identify and assess their progression in order to plan tasks that are suitable towards individual needs. Question 2: Make a list of how to perform pupil observations When making
Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher. Set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence. Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under guidance of the teacher Support for the teachers: Create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans and assist with the display of pupils’ work. Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support pupils to achieve learning goals. Assist with the planning of learning activities.
STL 18 – SUPPORT PUPILS LEARNING ACTIVITES K1. The role of a Learning Support Assistant is to support pupils with their learning development in line with the schools aims and policies. Working in the classroom a LSA works under the direction of the class teacher providing support to specific pupils on the ALN register and to assist the teacher in the management of the pupils. Learning Support Assistants are part of the SEN Department and work under the LSA Leader and the SENCO. K2.
Describe what your role, responsibilities and boundaries would be as a teacher in terms of the teaching/training cycle. The teacher’s role, responsibilities and boundaries are permanently changing, evolving and being assessed in order to give the best possible learning experience to all students. Using the teaching/training cycle can benefit your personal development if you refer to and use its principles. The first stage of the cycle is Identify needs, this begins with the initial assessment where we can determine the learners needs and the correct course for them to achieve. We use a quickscan, and VAK test which helps to determine the learner style, (Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic).
This includes; * Identifying individual learning needs via one to ones or through observations. * Create a specific outline of intended learning outcomes for pupils, which is also inform by the curriculum requirements set for pupils at their age, level. 2 * Preparing the learning activity by discussing and during research to understand subject matter. * Observing and recording pupil responses to materials presented to them and logging it down in there IEP (Individual Educational Plan) * Evaluate the learning activities and identify future learning needs by having a short feedback on the pupils responses to the activity. Daily discussions with the teacher on the
There are many reasons for conducting classroom assessments – assigning grades is an obvious one. Effective assessment allows teachers to monitor students progress toward achieving learning targets, determine whether instruction is effective, detect students strengths and weaknesses, diagnose learning problems, provide feedback, motivate and engage students, and prepare them for high-stakes tests (McMillan, 2011). Effective assessment therefore enhances teaching and learning as well as allows a means for providing information on student achievement and learning needs (McMillan, 2011). What assessment provides immediate information about how students are progressing in their learning and where they are having difficulties? Formative assessment, or assessment for learning, enhances student learning and achievement and helps teachers improve instruction (Wiliam, 2005).
By understanding the dynamic of these relationships, a teacher understands the development and learning of students and seeks opportunities to positively support not only their intellectual development, but also social and personal as well. Children are children. For the most part, their developmental patterns can be predicted. Understanding the different stages of development can give teachers insight to not only academic performance, but also behaviors. This paper will focus on the learning theory of adolescents, primarily middle school students.
Teaching Assistant Level 3 – Assignment 3 Question 1: Why is it important to observe and assess pupils’ development? It is essential to observe pupil’s as it enables the teaching assistants and the teacher to make an objective assessment on individual pupils. They are able to establish the pupils: behaviour patterns; their individual learning styles; the level of development; their existing skills; curriculum strengths and weaknesses; their current learning needs and learning achievements. In addition by observing the pupils the teaching assistant and the teacher are able to identify what the children learning needs are which will allow them to plan activities which would appropriate for the individual pupils learning needs, in order to help the pupils achieve their full potential. Furthermore if they notice that the pupils may have a learning difficulties, they are then able to ensure that the pupils is assessed by the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or external assessors if necessary in order to establish if they do have a learning difficulty and would then work with the class teacher and teaching assistant to ensure that they are able to support the needs of the pupil as appropriate and make suitable arrangements.
For example I find it essential to discuss the day’s lesson plan and targets with my class teacher. This gives me clear guidance and an objective when working with pupils, of what support I need to give in order to achieve the day’s targets. In the school environment, I am aware that I am acting as a role model to the children. How I communicate with colleagues, parents and pupils will reflect on how children will then communicate. It is important to adapt the way I communicate, because different audiences require different communication styles so that I can be understood easily.
My role is to work under the guidance of the class teacher and senior management providing support to teachers and pupils alike. The main aim of this role is to work together to give every pupil the guidance and support they need to reach their full potential and to become more independent learners. The school motto ‘Believe it! Achieve it!’ chosen by pupils and staff sums it all up. Within my role as a Teaching Assistant in the classroom, I support the class teacher by working with the pupils on a 1:1 basis and sometimes within a small group following the school based curriculum, pupil’s targets and Individual Education Plans.