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TA confessions

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by dc88, May 22, 2011.

  1. 1) I value my professional dignity.
    2) There is no such thing as the perfect teaching assistant - that said I think I may be very close.
  2. Not sure if you mean that you value your professional dignity so much that you're too high and mighty for confessions, or if that actually is your confession. And of course there is no such thing as 'perfect' anything, what I was trying to ask is this - how do we balance the role we have so that we're not too pushy/proactive, but also not just instruction-followers?
  3. Communication, communication, communication. The TA-Teacher relationship does not work without this. It really does annoy me when I hear teachers complaining, and when asked have you said anything the answer near enough is No. Don't know about everybody else, but I am always happy to listen to CONSTRUCTIVE CRITISM. At the end of the day it improves relationships.

  4. Would also like to point out critism is not spelt like that, it is spelt criticism. Would also like to add that constructive criticism should be a two way thing, we all want to do best for the students.

  5. You are so right - totally agree.
  6. I just believe that you shouldn't air your dirty laundry in public. These kind of posts just smell like the press.
  7. I have had to make sure the child I work with only uses a child-friendly thesaurus, after a difficult time trying to explain why he couldn't use the word "pornographic" instead of dirty!
  8. bluebell27

    bluebell27 New commenter

    Do you not think that for someone who has just recently joined this forum your post is a little bit offhand. if you want a constructive debate to be carried out then maybe you need to consider a bit of etiquette on posting on forums. It doesn't matter what others say about us on other forums. many of us are used to it but it doesn't mean we have to respond in the same way.[​IMG]
  9. I take your point bluebell27, you are totally right.... I was just a bit taken aback that someone would reply and say that my thread stinks of the press when it really is innocent. No, I'm not from the press. No, I'm not trying to wind anyone up. I do have a sense of humour too, which is what my 'open a window' comment was... Yep, a bit miscalculated I totally agree now (I would put an embarrassed smiley-thing but have no idea how to do that!).

    I really enjoyed reading the teacher's confessions thread and genuinly found it fascinating. I work in a very small (tiny) primary school where we have no problems between TAs and teachers, so was interested in what everyone thought. The teacher's thread received something like 600 posts and was fun and positive, with some comments about TAs (not all bad, mainly anecdotal). I really am not interested in negative comments, I was hoping we could share funny stories and have a bit of a discussion on how to keep good communication and great working relationships.

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