Job Title: Teacher Aide
Type of Company: I work for a school district in suburban Massachusetts.
Education: some college
Previous Experience: I worked in daycare and as pre-school helper.
Job Tasks: My key responsibility as a teacher's aide is helping students with behavioral issues, children on IEP and also children on the spectrum. I start my day by helping students unpack their homework and get settled their seats. I then check all homework for students and write down any missing homework. Next I help them with their morning work, trying not to single out the children I am here for. I do not like to put them on the spot and i try to make it a point to help everyone. I then go out to recess with them, come back in and help them get settled again. They then go to reading, math and other specials. At lunch I cover teachers classrooms or the office before returning to my class. I then check to make sure everyone has their homework written down and packed away. This goes on everyday and I enjoy helping everyone with what they might need from me.
I also will be pulled from time to time to cover a classroom when a teacher is out. This can happen at anytime. I would go to the classroom to cover and teach for the day. This can be very difficult when you are not in the classroom nor do you know the material being taught. These are examples of a normal day.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is helping children accomplish something daily, whether it be putting their homework in their folder or having them understand a multiplication problem. Knowing that I can teach them something and still have a good time with them just makes my day.
The worst part of my job is not getting adequate training for the jobs expected of me. I would love to have a program set up to be a certified teacher's aide. As with any job, however, you take the good with the bad.
Job Tips: Volunteer as much as possible. Don't expect a lot of money. The pros outweigh the cons and lack of pay. This is a perfect job for someone who has school-age children in the same district. You can get the same time off and it will save you in childcare expenses. It is rewarding and you still get to spend time with your family.
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