A Teaching Assistant is likely to work with pupils on a 1:1 or small group basis. A Teaching Assistant will therefore be in a good position to recognise any concerns relating to a child and young person’s development. For example, a Teaching Assistant may take children for individual reading practise. Whilst doing this, they may note that a child appears to be unable to read as many words as their peers. In this situation, it is important that the Teaching Assistant report their concerns to the classteacher.
Caula Rogers Eng-105 English Composition 1 03/30/2014 Dr. Victoria Smith Impact of ADHD on a Child’s Schooling Children with ADHD generally have trouble in school, only because school causes many trials for children with ADHD. ADHD is not a learning disorder; however it can cause children to have problems with learning. Furthermore, children with ADHD have an excessive rate of learning disorders and will have problems with other school-work like calculation and following a long with his/her teacher during direct instructional time. But with enduring and an efficient plan, the child will be capable of succeeding in the classroom. ADHD negatively can affect a child’s social and emotional behavior and the ability to control them in a positive manner in a school environment.
So any learning plan for this student would be centred around this goal, especially self-directed learning and placement provision. Specific learning needs can be identified and then addressed by the teacher, for example different coloured handouts for a dyslexic student, or by student support, for example a sign language interpretor in the class for a deaf learner. Prior to my lessons, I speak to the students' course tutor about any student individual needs that I need to be aware of and whether my chosen resources are appropriate for the students that I will be teaching. Prior knowledge and skills can be built upon with the ILP, which can help target areas for extra learning, such as specific or embedded numeracy skills, and develop areas of strength for the student, for example knowledge of local and government policy within Health and Social Care. Reece & Walker (2006) state that a focus on retention rates is increasing, so identifying the needs of learners prior to a course beginning will help the college to assess which students are likely to be able to complete the course.
1.1 Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults. Why effective communication is important Effective communication is important because it helps to improve the understanding between pupils and their adults. It also helps the staff at schools to communicate their feelings about students and plan future work. Sometimes if the communication is not very good between the adults in a classroom, it can affect the pupils. Children can notice the bad communication and that would not set a good example for growing, young children.
UNIT 2 - Support learning activities 1.1 Describe how a learning support practitioner may contribute to the planning, delivery and review of learning activities. As a teaching assistant you will contribute with the teachers to planning, delivery and review of learning activities. As a teaching assistant time should be made to discuss and review pupils’ work with teachers, this can be formal or informal. Planning, teaching and evaluation follow a cycle which gives structure to the learning process. EVALUATING TEACHING - Supporting the teacher in delivering the plan with a child or group of children.
You need to speak to the children in a way in which they understand for the age range you are working with to explain what they need to do. If the children are being noisy or doing something you don’t agree with you need to use a firm voice to communicate your disagreement with what they are doing and then tell them what they need to be doing. You also need to come up with fun and interesting ways to encourage or make learning easier to understand. Give praise when they have completed a task, answered a question correctly or given information relevant to the lesson in hand. You need to encourage the use of good manners please, thankyou, etc and deter bad manners and behaviour by talking to the child in question and telling them how they need to behave.
As pupils may lose interest in lessons, it may cause problem for forthcoming activities you may break down activities that need doing and explain things rather than children losing interest from learning. Another example to control behaviour in your classroom is to set up an rewards system for children as this will encourage them to earn rewards and be recognised for their good deeds. Another skill that supports work with children is commitment and enabling yourself to work well in a team. To work with children, you must have a passion and be prepared to commit yourself to children and their work in order to help them learn and succeed. As working with children will not be easy in aspects of planning, teaching etc.
“Repetitive behavior involves repeated movements and verbalizations. These include motor movements, persistent attention to parts of objects and strict adherence to routines.” (Turnbull A, Turnbull R, Wehmeyer M, Exceptional Lives Special Education in Today’s Schools 2010). Now, with students who have autism it is very important to have a good simple routine and stick to it. And it is very important to tell them about a change at the beginning of the day rather than waiting right up until it is supposed to happen. Sticking to a routine will help things to not be so chaotic when it comes to transition time and telling the student about a change will help that student deal with that change before problem behavior can occur.
'Questioning enables teachers to check learners' understanding. It also benefits learners as it encourages enitgagement and focuses their thinking on key concepts and ideas.' (Kyriacou 1995 in Desforges 1995, pg. 126) I am of the opinion that the idea children should work in mixed ability groups is not always a viable option. I feel it is important to take into account the personalities of the children, as learning may be inhibited if one child is particularly domineering or intimidating.
NOTES FOR INTERVIEW 2 Supporting the Underacheiving Student The aim of this article is to support and enable the mentor to critically reflect on the processes involved in supporting and managing a learner who is failing to meet the NMC proficiencies for registration, developing an action plan to resolve this situation. This can be used as portfolio evidence for your personal development plan. Learning Outcomes: On completion of this workshop you should be able to: * Identify and critically reflect on the common behaviours of the underachieving student. * Utilise a problem solving approach to construct an Action Plan to support the learning needs of an underachieving student. * Based on the best evidence, consider the implications of failing a student * Critically reflect on the consequences of “Failing to Fail” Demonstrate recordable evidence of mentorship update which is relevant to remain on the mentor register database Identifying the Underachieving Student: Most students successfully achieve their learning outcomes on placement.