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What is expected of volunteer Assistant?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by qtta, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. Hi all. I am after a bit of advice please.

    I have been volunteering in a reception class for the past few months, I only help for 2 hours per week to see whether I enjoy it before committing to a career change. I have really enjoyed it and will be starting a TA college course in September and working in the same class for 1 day per week. The teacher said I can get involved with anything Required to do the course.

    The school often recruit TAs and I am keen to make a good impression for future employment opportunities.

    What would teachers be looking for in a potential volunteer to future employee? At the moment I go in, work alongside the TA with small groups with reading and literacy work. I have also happily completed administrative tasks when asked.

    I don't get the opportunity to speak much to the teacher/TA in that time as they are busy with other tasks so I have not received much feedback. There is another volunteer who seems to be given a lot more responsibility. I am wondering whether I need to be more proactive, but also aware that I don't want to step on anyone's toes!

    So basically what I am keen to know is

    1. What teachers look for in potential TAs?

    2. What is expected of a volunteer?

    3. What is a reasonable level of proactiveness? Examples?

    I will discuss this with the teacher before I start in September but I am also keen to get ideas from other people.


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