To be a teaching assistant you need an interest in education, a patient, non-judgmental attitude and a passion to see young children succeed.
You will support learning activities in the classroom by working with individual or groups of children on their learning goals.
- deliver planned teaching activities to children on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups;
- make sure that the children that you support are able to engage in learning and stay on task during the lesson or activity;
- support the social and emotional development of children, reporting any issues as necessary;
- manage challenging children behavior;
- guide and monitor children’s progress;
- carry out administrative duties such as preparing classroom resources, completing classroom paperwork, maintaining a clean & safe classroom environment;
- co-ordinate specific areas of teaching with the help of your co-teacher, supervisor and coach.
What to expect
- You’ll be supporting children with a range of learning and/or behavioral difficulties from a variety of backgrounds, which can be challenging. However, it can be extremely rewarding watching the progress of the children that you work with.
- You may be busy supporting a variety of areas on any given day, and may be asked to cover areas of support at short notice. There is an expectation to get ‘stuck-in’ and provide help as and when needed, which can be stressful.
- Dress code is casual but professional.
- The majority of your work will be in the classroom, gym or on the playground.
You will need to have:
- a professional attitude to your work;
- a strong regard for children safety and well-being;
- a positive approach to working with children and the ability to motivate, inspire and build rapport;
- respect for diversity as you will be working with children from a range of backgrounds;
- excellent team working ability as you’ll be working with other support staff, classroom teachers and other professionals, such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and family advocates, parents, and external agencies;
- good organizational skills and the ability to work flexibly;
- fluency in local community languages may be an advantage in roles supporting English as an additional language (EAL) pupils, although this is not essential;
- a willingness to keep up to date with educational policy and training related to your role.
Apply online @ sucap.org or stop by the SUCAP office at 285 Lakin St, Ignacio, Co and pick up an application.
Questions? Call Melanie Brunson @ 970-563-4566.