2nd Edition

The Essential Guide for New Teaching Assistants
Assisting Learning and Supporting Teaching in the Classroom

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ISBN 9780415547109
Published February 1, 2010 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

The Essential Guide for New Teaching Assistants provides an introduction for teaching assistants who have recently been inducted, or are going through the process of induction, and are working in schools with children or young people.

Giving teaching assistants an insight into the theories of teaching and learning and providing a background for understanding school processes and procedures, this new edition is fully updated to incorporate recent initiatives and changes in the National Curriculum. With an emphasis on personal responsibility and professionalism, the role of a teaching assistant and their relationship with qualified teachers is fully outlined.

Providing a comprehensive overview, chapters include practical guidance on:

  • getting started in a teaching assistant role
  • developing a reflective approach to personal and professional development
  • the Every Child Matters initiative
  • working in partnership with qualified teachers
  • being part of a whole school team
  • working with individual children to progress their learning and development
  • further training and professional development.

Fully updated in line with National Occupational Standards, changes in the primary and secondary National Curricula and revised induction materials from the TDA, this book forms essential reading for teaching assistants seeking to understand the basic principles of education, teaching and learning.

Table of Contents

Preamble Introduction Figures, tables and photographs  Abbreviations  1. Before you start  2. Getting yourself started in the job  3. Being part of the school team  4. What is learning?  5. What is teaching?  6. Assisting learning and teaching in the classroom   7. Understanding the formal curriculum  8. Outside support and influences   9. Taking this further: developing yourself   Useful website addresses  References  Index

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Anne Watkinson is an educational consultant and experienced author dealing specifically with teaching assistants. She has had a wide and varied educational role, working as a teacher, head teacher and a senior school development adviser for Essex Local Authority. She worked with the then DFEE and DfES to develop the original induction materials for teaching assistants, and was involved with the development of higher level teaching assistants. She frequently gives talks, runs workshops and attends conferences across the UK.