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IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33906Teachers Asst.Female27 $35,000new york, NY01/01/2010
33899Teacher's AideFemale25 $30,000bronx, NY01/01/2010
33854Instructional Assistant-SdcFemale55 $22,000loomis, CA01/01/2010
33682Instructional Assistant IiFemale28 $22,000Elverta, CA01/01/2010
33635ParaeducatorFemale38 $27,000Baltimore, MD01/01/2010

Overview

A teaching assistant is someone who helps and supports a teacher, normally in the classroom, but is not a qualified teacher. They provide crucial support to both students and teachers and work to ensure all educational needs are met.

Teaching assistants are typically found in elementary school, middle school, high school and in special education centres. They often carry out attendance, assist students who need additional instruction and help, grade homework and exams, lead small groups, supervise field trips and prepare classroom materials.

The educational requirements for become a teacher?s assistant vary depending on the institution, but you will usually need a least two years of college. There are very few negatives to becoming a teacher?s aide, with most only complaining about having to do a lot of grading of assessments.

The positives of being a teacher?s assistant are in abundance. Firstly, the hours tend to be very normal and teacher?s aides get the added advantages of having lots of holidays. They get to interact and help others on a daily basis, often forming strong relationships with their pupils and their families. If working with children who need extra assistance, teacher?s assistants often see a lot of development and progression, which is very rewarding. Finally, the teaching environment is generally very supportive and cohesive, making the career very attractive.

To be an excellent teacher?s assistant you should be flexible, dependable, non-judgemental and great communication and listening skills. Teacher?s assistants also really do need to have a love and passion for learning and for children, because they must value education and enjoy working with kids.

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