Educational Assistants (EA) help to organize educational programs in the elementary, secondary or adult education systems. Their role is increasingly becoming more important in today’s classroom. The Educational Assistants main job is to support the teacher working with individual, or groups of students. They work following the instructions of teachers. In most places they are considered as support staff.

Job Description

An Educational Assistant works alongside and supports a classroom teacher in either a primary or secondary schools when the students need any help or start to get out of control. You can work one-to-one with individual pupils or with small group of students. You will have to perform duties that are mainly instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Educational assistants serve in a position which helps a teacher or another professional in the designing and implementation of educational programs and services.

Skills

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills are necessary, as are energy and enthusiasm.
  • genuine commitment towards helping children
  • Sensitivity towards different cultures and ability levels of students.
  • problem-solving
  • empathy
  • ability to work in chaotic situations and holding patience while managing difficult children
  • ability and willingness to perform physical tasks if necessary
  • use appropriate technology and assistive/adaptive devices
  • provide extra support in case any student needs it
  • teach self-help skills to students
  • identify individual learning styles and the characteristics
  • Demonstrate skills that help in the development and empowerment of individuals.
  • inspire students to fulfill their potential
  • take note during parent-teacher interviews
  • knowledge of various theories of education
  • Knowledge and skills to meeting the different needs of learners.

Duties

  • Discuss duties with teachers in order to coordinate efforts.
  • Prepare lesson materials, equipment, and demonstrations.
  • Help children individually or in groups to master assignments and to reinforce the learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Observe students in classrooms, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
  • Arrange demonstrations for such skills as sports, dancing, and arts.
  • Distribute teaching materials to students.
  • Distribute tests and homework assignments, and collect them after completion.
  • Grade homework and tests under the supervision of the teacher
  • Instruct and monitor students in the proper use and care of equipments, to avoid injuries and damage.
  • Observe students’ performance, and help to assess their progress.
  • Participate in teacher-parent meetings to discuss students’ progress or problems.
  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as the ones with any disability.
  • Maintain attendance records.

Qualification

  • college diploma or university degree in an education related field
  • experience in dealing with normal children as well as those with any physical and intellectual disabilities and behavioral or other learning difficulties
  • knowledge of child development and educational theories
  • some teaching experience will be great advantage

Work environment

Work is mostly based in classrooms and other areas of educational situations.

Tips

A penchant for teaching and love for spending time with children are absolutely necessary.

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