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Discussion in 'Primary' started by School Boy Error, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. School Boy Error

    School Boy Error Occasional commenter

    During a conversation with a colleague today we talked about utilising TA's during whole class teaching. It got me curious, how do others use their TA's during the teacher input?
  2. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    Supporting children who need it, for whatever reason. Occasionally being part of the teach or scribing things on a board for later use.
  3. Wonderwoman1

    Wonderwoman1 New commenter

    This is a big thing in our school at the moment, Ideas as above.
  4. SchoolBoyError

    SchoolBoyError Occasional commenter

    Do they remove children from whole class teaching then or parrot what the teacher is saying? I was reading the research from the EEF and this is considered to be counter productive.
  5. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    Making notes of key vocabulary used to support children who need it is good.
    I used to use a TA feedback form where the TA noted children with good feedback during whole class, children with misconceptions, children not engaging etc. This was quite useful for me to pick up on things in the class I was missing (ie the child who never contributed).
    Sometimes though they do need to just listen. If it is a specific concept you are teaching they may need to watch and listen how it is taught to ensure they do the same.
    One thing I have never liked is a TA talking to children whilst I am. I've always found it distracted me and other children to have another voice.
  6. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    We don't withdraw children from lessons. TAs work alongside the class teacher in more of a team teaching role than the traditional TA velcroed to strugglers.
    Both teacher and TA provide support where and when needed.
  7. chrisb240586

    chrisb240586 New commenter

    Im a year 1 TA and how I'm used depends on what we are doing if its setences then i will write sentence strips for our lower groups while she does the inputs if its phonics I take a group out and do a simpler phonics session based on what sound we are learning.
  8. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter


    They might take a group who haven't got it (as in a hand-picked group rather than an ability group0 to the carpet for additional input. They might do the same the following day during registration. Or they might do a pre-teach sinmilarly.

    Also the TA acts as an observer to make notes and feed back assessment information.
  9. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    We don't ability group
  10. TA-in-need

    TA-in-need New commenter

    I have taken groups and done RWI sessions with them and planned it on my own etc
  11. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    No, no do we.
  12. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    No edit function? I mean *nor do we*
  13. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    You should see the edit function after posting.
  14. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    You should see it below your post - but there is a time limit for editing.

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