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Supporting yr11 classes?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by rpalmer14, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. rpalmer14

    rpalmer14 New commenter

    Hi, I’m currently in my first few days of being a TA at a mid-size Secondary.

    I’m feeling quite confident about my KS3 groups however I’ve really struggled today in two year 11 groups. As a non-specialist I’m finding it difficult to keep up with some of the work and how to explain it without just giving them the answer.

    It’s especially hard in some lessons where for example I only have the particular student for one Science lesson a week. In todays instance they were carrying on from yesterday so I had no idea what work they were supposed to be doing or how to support them.

    Does anyone have any advice or people who have had similar experiences?
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    I don't have any experience of being a secondary TA, having been in primary for close to 30 years. Just wanted to say congratulations on your new job!
    Try not to worry too much, no-one will expect you to know everything straight away. Are there other TAs you could talk to and find out how they manage these situations? Get to know the support staff team, they should be great allies. I've always found school staff friendly and very willing to help newbies. Give it a couple of weeks, and if you're still concerned, have a chat with your line manager to find out how you can at least know the learning objective for each lesson before you go in so that you can be a little prepared!
    Enjoy your new adventure!
  3. rpalmer14

    rpalmer14 New commenter

    Thank you! I’ve had some conversations today with people who have gave me some ideas and I’m feeling better about it now.
  4. teselectronic

    teselectronic Occasional commenter

    Ask the Teacher/Teachers or HOF to give you notes prior to the lessons and then seek help, where appropriate. I would always ensure the Teaching Assistant new what we were covering, prior to any lesson.

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